Incels

And you knew who you were then
Girls were girls and men were men. (
All in the Family theme song)

Incels occasionally make the news. Largely when they’ve done something horrendous.

The emergence of the incel, however, should not surprise us. Appall us, yes. Surprise us, no.

The term “incel” is a portmanteau for “involuntary celibate.” Like Bennifer or Brangelina, but more creepy and dangerous. While the term originated in 1993, it has morphed — as these things do — from its original intent. In 1993, a Canadian student using the name Alana