Incel, incels, r/incels (incel reddit; incels reddit) -- how a good idea was destroyed by bad elements
Let's face it -- what's this, what was this and what it could be (what it may be).
It's an English word, a noun -- "incel
" (countable and uncountable, plural "incels
"). A neologism. Meanings:
1) A person who inadequately or never has sexual activity, despite wishing to.
2) (informal, uncountable) involuntary celibacy
(Etymology: A blend /i. e. a word or name that starts with the start of one word and ends with the end of another/ of involuntary
Source (and more): https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/incel
What was that r/incels
It was a subreddit (an "r/") in Reddit (reddit.com). It (reddit.com) is one of the most popular sites on the world. Millions of active users discuss almost everything over there. There are many subreddits (sections) dedicated to different things. Sometimes some subreddits enter the mainstream, and ends up in other websites, on television and the media at all. This is the case with r/incels recently (a subreddit called /r/incels), which has come into the limelight (i. e. into the focus of public attention).
Originally, it (r/incels) was a good idea -- to quote the moderators, "r/incels is a support group for people who lack romantic relationships and sex, but mostly geared towards those lacking a girlfriend or seeking marriage." A good idea like an online lonely hearts club, but /r/incels apart from being an online support group for the involuntary celibates (i. e. the incels) it became a misogynistic echo chamber! (Misogyny /mɪˈsɒdʒɪni/ is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women and/or girls.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogyny
). When the hatred toward women and girls is the dominant (or one of the main) theme (topics), then it's already bad (and it's not useful, too)! It's also idiotic, because some of the incels are females (women)! And, over time, this /r
has developed its own lingo (i. e. jargon) -- women and girls were called "femoids
" or even "sluts"; non-incel men are called "normies" and "Chads". It became a sort of dangerous echo chamber in which its members reinforce their pathological views, confirm their biases, and make the situation they have found themselves in even harder than it has to be!
No wonder, that
This community has been bannedhttps://www.reddit.com/r/incels
This subreddit was banned due to a violation of our content policy, specifically, our sitewide rules regarding violent content.
And more about it we already have here
How it may be (become) good
In fact, as I said, it's a good idea and if there is no hate, no stupidity, no aggression, and if there is more realistic, scientific point of view (and attitude), it may be a useful thing like this very good alternative of r/incels and v/Incels
If the participants are good, educated, civilized, then this topic (and all of the others) may be good, useful, creative, truthful (giving the true facts) and so on. Because it depends not only of the idea (topic; thread), it depends of the persons who're doing it.