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Escape from Incel: Redditor explains how he extracted himself from the toxic subculture and rejoined the real world

GET OUT!

By David Futrelle

On Reddit’s IncelTears — a subreddit devoted to mocking and critiquing the toxic incel subculture — someone claiming to be a former incel has posted an account of their escape from inceldom. It’s a throwaway account, but the story he tells seems pretty convincingly true to me.

“In the wake of the horrific events in Toronto,” he begins,

I wanted to share some of my experiences as a former incel, and how I eventually changed my behaviors to become a better person.

Being an incel is awful, it’s an awful predicament, with an unhelpful community to back it up. Often when people describe an incel, the general description is “Involunaty Celebate”, someone who can’t get girls, etc. This is the most glaring issue and the one bought up by the community but it isn’t the only issue in most cases.

When a guy can’t get a girl to save his life there’s usually some undelying social issue at play and that issue has an affect on that individuals entire social life, not just the intimate aspect. You don’t feel important, you don’t feel valued. This starts to play on your self esteem and is partially to explain for the very self-hate low IQ trodding nature of the community.

Unfortunately, the incel “community” only makes this self-hate worse.

The community’s biggest problem is that it does nothing to fix the problem and only goes to reinforce ones already held beliefs. So you’re someone who can’t get a girl, shunned from society (to various degrees) and you go online to find people like you, and when you get there you find false explanations for your problems and an echo chamber of your ideas.

You confide in this group and as a result, you start to inherit some of that group think and ideas. These ideas don’t help you in the real world but rather make things worse, it’s a downward spiral.

So what was it that led him to start questioning incel dogma — and eventually extract himself from this morass? As he explained in a followup comment, he literally got off of incel forums and into the real world, where he quickly found that most of what the incels say about men and women and dating and pretty much everything is just plain wrong.

One of the things I did was get out there, almost in a literal sense.

When I was an incel I never went out. I had never been in a bar, never been to a club, I didn’t know that life in the slightest. So when I went online it was very easy to believe the things you read about bars/clubs/women/chads/stacies/etc because I had no comparison in the real world to call bullshit on one way of the other. The first time I went out to a bar, 20 minutes in and getting a drink I saw a guy, probably 3 inches shorter and twice as round sitting in the VIP section with a bunch of hot girls nearby. Seeing that shattered by worldview because according to the incel community, that guy was doing something that was fucking impossible in their eyes.

I’m not sure that the VIP section of a nightclub is what I’d call a representative sample of reality, but it’s certainly the case that the easiest way to challenge many of the central myths of incel is to simply open your eyes to the evidence all around you in the real world, where you’ll find men of all sizes, shapes, heights, and ages happily paired off with women of all sizes, shapes, heights and ages. You have to be willfully blind to believe that women won’t date short men, or men with improperly angled eyebrows, or men with inappropriately sized wrists (and yes, these are real incel beliefs).

The former incel continues:

After that I kept going out and every time I went out there was always something different, not a single night was the same. Always different characters, different situations, different interactions. I started to see that there wasn’t just one pre-disposed type of person to get a particular girl and I learned that anything could happen, literally anything.

Yep.

I’ve been thrown out of a bar on to the street only to be invited to an afterparty 5 minutes later, I’ve gotten harshly rejected by a girl in front of her boyfriend only for her to run back to me before the bar closes and give me her number. I was in the corner of a bar talking to a girl telling her about where I was from before some drunk guy decided to roundhouse kick me because he thought I was lying about my nationality (that a was fun night). Countless upon countless situations where I’ve walked out of it going “what the fuck just happened”

I guess this is one possible escape from incel. But you don’t have to get into bar fights or get invited to any afterparties — or even set foot in a nightclub at all — to see that incels live inside a collective delusion that only vaguely resembles life on this planet.

Overall, it was just replacing the knowledge I had acquired from places like incel subreddits and forums with real-world experience. You can read PUA and incel forums all day long and get two totally different ideas of nightlife, or you can go out and get another idea entirely.

Yep. All it requires is that you just GET OUT of the incel subculture for a short time — whether you literally start going to nightclubs or simply free yourself from incel thinking long enough to see that what the incels are telling you is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Our former incel admits that this can be more difficult than it sounds.

When I finally came to my senses it involved me throwing out all of my previously held beliefs and ideologies. In theory, it sounds easy but if you’re a Democrat or Republican, imagine making the intellectual leap from one side to the other, it’s like doing that. Here you’ve been told to despise women, despite attractive guys that get those women, despise pop-culture and the things around it, now you have take all that and conclude that it was all wrong and you need to listen to the other side. And all the while you are trying to do this the community that you had around you is pointing to reasons why you shouldn’t make that ideological leap.

Nonetheless, it is possible. This guy did it. Others have done it.

The former incel ends his post with some words for those still caught up in the incel cult:

From this I want to leave a bit of advice for Incels that might read this. It can be hard to embrace advice from a side of society that has ostrizied you. But at the of the day what side do you want ot be on. Give whatever excuse you want but at the end of the day you know where you want to be. My journey from that community took years of standing the corner at parties, getting rejected by girls, getting into fights, it was painful. But from my experience, the pain is worth it.

I’d be curious to hear more stories from former incels who got out. If you’re someone who was once (but no more) under the sway of incel ideas — whether you were a regular on some incel forum or just someone who found themselves being drawn in by their rhetoric, please drop me a note (dfutrelle at gmail) or post your story in the comments below. Tell us what drew you to incel in the first place, how you got pulled in, and how and why you ultimately rejected that way of life.

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Catalpa
Catalpa
2 years ago

And again, “incel” is short for “involuntary celibacy.” How does being unable to form a human connection automatically make someone a monster?

“Nazi” is short for “National Socialist”. I’m a socialist who belongs to a nation, that must make me a nazi, right? Why would anyone think that “Nazi” was a specific label chosen by people with very terrible and violent beliefs instead of just a term for people who are socialists? /sarcasm

Words mean things. The labels that people choose to identify themselves with carry specific connotations. You cannot divorce the labels from their connotations by going “well, technically the definition of this word doesn’t specifically state all the baggage that is associated with this term!” And a portmanteau is often more than simply the sum of its parts.

idli sambar revolution
idli sambar revolution
2 years ago

and it’s hard to disagree with dworkin’s views, she explains them so logically, like this on lap dancing

http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/dworkin/lapdancing.html

where is she wrong here?

Pug
Pug
2 years ago

First “weird tree hugger” says:

Why is the forum a male space exclusively?

Then they say:

No one here is objecting to male support groups.

Which one is it?

Pug
Pug
2 years ago

“If you people were NICER then these men wouldn’t become misogynists!” Heard it a million times before.

I am not suggesting being “nice” but rather trying to see the other side as also human beings. If you read history you will find that dehumanizing someone is never a good idea, and almost everyone deserves compassion as a human.

A black man befriend a few hundred members of the KKK and they ended up leaving after he showed them compassion. We could learn a lot from that. Source: https://accidentalcourtesy.com/

Would he have gotten as far by just mocking them?

As for Mary Daly, in her book “Quintessence,” Mary Daly writes about how great a future would be where all men are wiped off the planet. Source: https://philosophynow.org/issues/33/Quintessence_Realising_the_Archaic_Future_A_Radical_Elemental_Feminist_Manifesto_by_Mary_Daly

As for Andrea Dworkin…do I even need to say it? She was for women’s liberation what Mugabe was for black liberation: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Andrea_Dworkin
(and rational wiki is NOT nice to MRA and is a liberal site. It’s a pretty good collection of reasons why most pro-sex feminists find her to be appalling.)

Someone also wanted me to point out where feminists use the term “Mommy issues”. Well, here it is:
http://www.debate.org/forums/Society/topic/62988/
and here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Feminism/comments/52zfri/response_to_article_why_ill_never_date_a_feminist/
I could go on but that is a commonly heard insult from SOME feminists, and it would be silly to deny it.

Anyway, you wanted sources, you got them. I apologize for having to go to work and not providing them sooner.

And notice I called no one a name? That is how to interact with people. If you just shout “TROLL!” at everyone who disagrees with you in the slightest it just hurts your cause.

I don’t think many trolls will admit that society is toxic towards women and that such things need correcting. Just saying.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
2 years ago

@Pug:

First “weird tree hugger” says:

Now you’re gratuitously making fun of regulars’ handles? I think any remaining sliver of credence that you might be here in good faith just went up in smoke.

And notice I called no one a name?

Especially after that blatant lie.

Violet the Vile, Wielder of an Ideologically Weaponized Vagina
Violet the Vile, Wielder of an Ideologically Weaponized Vagina
2 years ago

Ki@Pug

Why is the forum a male space exclusively? was not a trick question. WWTH was asking you why you have presented it as an exclusively male space. There are female incels, and if your forum is feminist and run without hatred towards women then one would naturally expect them to be included.

So, let’s put it another way – are female incels welcome on “incels without hate” and, if not, what’s the reasoning behind that decision?

That’s not a trick question either. I’m interested to hear the answer and I’m well aware there might be a good reason why the forum is men only.

And yes, no-one here objects to male support groups. Personally, I think they’re great – as you point out, modern constructs of masculinity mean men are shamed around emotion and admitting weakness in a way women aren’t, and I think it’s great that men are getting together to help each other through that.

Not a big fan of groups that call themselves male support groups when in fact their “support” consists of a) shaming each other for being “ugly” or “manlets” or “virgins” (the whole concept of “virginity” is crap anyway, but that’s a much longer post) and b) calling for women like me to either be sold into sexual slavery or executed.

Makroth - cowboy Jacobin from Hell
Makroth - cowboy Jacobin from Hell
2 years ago

A black man befriend a few hundred members of the KKK and they ended up leaving after he showed them compassion. We could learn a lot from that. Source: https://accidentalcourtesy.com/

With this, you are asking the targets of a hate group to be nice to said hate group. Do you not think that’s unfair? (to put it very mildly) Do you not realize how shitty that makes you seem? It seems too me like you care more about the feelings of the abusers than those of the abused. Seriously think on that.

Meerkat
Meerkat
2 years ago

I want to point out no one is saying it’s bad to convert KKK to non-KKK. not to speak for the regular commenters but I’m pretty sure we agree it’s commendable and remarkable. But Pug, do you think every black person is obligated to do the same?

Here’s a metaphor. I’m happy if someone gives a million dollars to a good charity but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give a million dollars myself or that I’m obligated to contribute any money at all especially if I’m not in a position to do so.

Pie
Pie
2 years ago

@Sol

Hit the gym? That’s exactly what made my dysphoria bad enough for me to realize what is going on. The last thing I want is more muscles or a broader chest! Cardio is tolerable (but doesn’t do anything to make my calf muscles go away) but lifting makes me feel like a monster.

Possibly too late you catch you here, but there are other ways to exercise hard without necessarily bulking up. I go for rock climbing myself; my other half prefers pilates. Yoga can easily be a lot of work. Martial arts, especially the non-competitive kind, might work for you too. Cold water swimming is also something worth considering, and might be quite easy to try, depending on where you are in the world.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

I am not suggesting being “nice” but rather trying to see the other side as also human beings.

We just had a discussion in a previous thread when someone proposed giving incels a name as shorthand the way incels call people “Chads” and “Stacies” and “Beckys.” Do you know what consensus we reached? Not to do it. One of the reasons not to do it? Because that’s the kind of dehumanizing thing that they do and we didn’t want to behave like that.

We also never stoop to their level and say they should be killed, raped or tortured. In fact, people have gotten banned for that kind of talk before. It isn’t tolerated here.

Another thing we don’t tolerate is calling them “crazy” or “psycho” or “insane” or other abelist things.

Strongly disapproving of the misogyny of a community and their embrace of mass murders is not dehumanizing. Making fun of their ridiculously wrong takes on what happens to someone’s vulva and vagina when they have sex is not dehumanizing.

And if you’re going to use comparisons to racism to concern troll and tone police, than I’m going to have to hit you with Martin Luther King JR’s famous letter from a Birmingham jail. http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Did you know the most famous and revered civil rights leader was not – contrary to what many white people think today – an advocate for coddling racists and bending over backwards to protest racism without ever making white people uncomfortable? Now you do! Non-violence is not the same as passivity it turns out!

The whole thing is worth reading, but here’s the bit most relevant to you.

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

The same principle works for any kind of bigotry. Including misogyny. When you scold us for not being nice enough to the people who want to see us raped, murdered, burned with acid, scorned by our loved ones, you are joining their side.

I mean, we already know you are on the side of the misogynists. But you seem to be under the mistaken impression that by not swearing or name calling, you are the one behaving with civility and you are the one in the right. You are not.

Oh, and you know what took the KKK from a powerful and influential to a fringe group that most people hate? It was not befriending them. I was resisting them. It was the resistance of the people in the civil rights that led to the Civil Rights Act and got rid of Jim Crow and made the view that racism is repugnant mainstream. It eventually became socially unacceptable to be a KKK member. Something to be belittled. Something seen as backwards. That’s why the KKK doesn’t have the power it once did. I mean, that’s a simple analysis of the situation, and racism is still alive and well today, but the civil rights movement did make a lot of gains and they didn’t do it by making sure the fee fees of racist white people – or even white people who perceive themselves as non-racist – every step of the way.

Someone here needs to learn their history. And it’s not us. It’s you.

I am 100% confident that mocking misogyny is not immoral and does not set back feminism. I am also confident that concern trolls who want us to please consider that violent misogynists have a point so perhaps we should listen to them and who want us to set aside our own lives and well being to hold the hands of men who want us raped and murdered will be the ones seen as on the wrong side of history.

Oh and just to say it before you make such a claim, men who can’t get a date aren’t a systematically oppressed group. In fact, I would say the ability to cast your personal problems as systemic oppression is about the best indicator of privilege I can come up with.

Also, incel subreddits are not the same as a support group for male abuse survivors. Complaining about how dare Becky date Chad does nothing to help anyone. Although my point was apparently lost on you. So I ask again.

Why is incel a straight male thing? Are straight men the only ones who are socially awkward and can’t find a date? If yes, why? If no, why are you appropriating a term invented by a woman to exclude women and non-straight men from support and help? If incel was about helping and supporting lonely people and not misogyny, why is it men only? Why haven’t women, if we supposedly are the only ones allowed to have safe spaces in this cruel misandric world setting up an equivalent movement? Don’t take one part of my question out of context on purpose and then act outraged when you’re seen as a troll and not someone here in good faith.

James
James
2 years ago

Weirwoodtreehugger wrote:

Boy did it not take me long to find sexism at incels without hate.

Look at this post. https://www.reddit.com/r/IncelsWithoutHate/comments/8gymzt/youtuber_girl_angry_at_incel_misogyny_chad_lurks/

Youtuber girl angry at incel misogyny, Chad lurks in the background.

The woman (she is not a girl) pictured is Rachel Oates, an atheist YouTube vlogger who only weighed in on the topic of incels after the murderer in Toronto. Her usual topic is taking down religious apologetics.

The “chad” in the picture is a family member, not her husband.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC6ue7UYt1yeS621xmTMKrQ/videos (Rachel Oates’s YouTube channel)

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Oh, and two random comments as proof that feminists say “mommy issues” on the regular? You couldn’t even find a prominent feminist leader or writer doing so? Weak.

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
2 years ago

WWTH, you da greatest <3

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

No, you’re the greatest!

Jesalin
Jesalin
2 years ago

You’re both freaking awesome!

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Group hug!

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Those are probably misandry for some reason.

idli sambar revolution
idli sambar revolution
2 years ago

We just had a discussion in a previous thread when someone proposed giving incels a name as shorthand the way incels call people “Chads” and “Stacies” and “Beckys.” Do you know what consensus we reached? Not to do it. One of the reasons not to do it? Because that’s the kind of dehumanizing thing that they do and we didn’t want to behave like that.

actually people were objecting to dignifying them with a name. particularly some people who were dans or loved dans didn’t want that name associated with incels.

anyway, looks like the whole alt right/white nationalist thing is about controlling women’s sexuality and their right to choose a partner from any background. ironic considering just a few years ago the manosphere was doing this really weird thing: criticizing white women for being racist, citing stats that white women were the least to date/marry outside their race. I guess this was some sort of attempt at “gotcha! you think you’re so progressive, ms. white feminist, well turns out you’re the most racist of all”. And also an attempt to get women of color to disavow feminism (so they would run into manosphere arms?)

anyway, it didn’t work.

so now, the cousin of the manosphere – alt right/white nationalism, is showing the true colors of the manosphere. they didn’t care if white feminists were racists or not, in fact, they wished that they were.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
2 years ago

@WWTH:

Let’s see, four older women, no man in sight… Clearly they have only survived so long by killing the men in their sleep and cannabalizing them. Plus, look at that decor. No way there aren’t bonbons in there somewhere. And those chairs were probably paid for by massive divorce-rape payments. It’s the (grand)motherlode of misandry.

idli sambar revolution
idli sambar revolution
2 years ago

I don’t think Dworkin was a bad influence on feminism. I think her body of work gives a lot of food for thought. Feminism contains many voices, many of which are disparate. This only shows the great diversity of women and their ideas. A radical voice like Dworkin’s is sometimes needed to wake people up from their go-with-flow, anything-goes complacency. I find radical 2nd wave feminist voices like hers a refreshing change to return to after being bombarded with 3rd wave mainstream sex positive and libfem ideas which in some part look like patriarchal capitalism.

Shadowplay
2 years ago

Clearly they have only survived so long by killing the men in their sleep and cannabalizing them.

Well … that’s one way of describing Blanche. 😛

Catalpa
Catalpa
2 years ago

Our latest tone-policing, “why can’t you just be NICER to hateful men?” troll reminds me of this video from a series I just recently stumbled across:

(EDIT- Ergh, I can’t get it to embed. It’s “The Ship of Theseus” from the Alt-Right Playbook by Innuendo Studios.)

The TL;DR is that people who are not speaking in good faith will often redefine a term to mask their true intent and make their message more palatable.
aking in good faith will often re-define a label/action/event in orde
Like Pug here deciding that, by his definition, “incel” is not a term that is voluntarily adopted by men who have joined a community dedicated to hatred, bitterness, loathing and entitlement, but a simple definition of any person (nah, any man- women are NEVER socially awkward or have difficulty in finding a partner, y’know) who is having relationship troubles and is feeling isolated. Because with HIS definition, calling incels a terrorist group is totally unwarranted and mean, despite the fact that there have been at least 2 mass killings perpetrated by men who explicitly defined themselves as incels and stated that incel ideology was what motivated their horrific actions. Despite the fact that incels openly celebrate these crimes, canonize the perpetrators, and fantasize about/encourage further attacks on innocent people in order to further their cause. Addressing THOSE issues aren’t the important thing, you see. What’s important is the feelings of those poor, poor men who can’t get a date, and we must be very careful not to attack them.

Or how 1 in 6 is automatically a “men’s rights” organization despite having not one single piece of correspondence which states that they have claimed the title of a “men’s rights” organization. Because they are interested in helping men, they should automatically be grouped in with other people who claim to forward “men’s rights”. Because there are men who want to have sex but currently are unable to find a partner, they should be grouped in with the men who claim to “support” men who are unable to find a partner. Because the more human shields decent people you can arbitrarily group in with awful people, the harder it will be for us as a society to actually deal with those awful people.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
2 years ago

Really great comment, @Catalpa. That’s exactly how moderates give cover to extremists in general. One of the ways, at least.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
2 years ago

These recent threads are a very good example of why reading here is so brilliant. When I know people are talking bullshit (about freeze peach, and be-nice-to-the-poor-misunderstood-extreme-right etc. etc.) but I struggle to express why it’s bullshit (even to myself sometimes, let alone to anyone else) I read comments like these from Mammotheers and you are just so good at deconstructing and cutting through the crap and asking the right questions.
WHTM FTW.

Sol
Sol
2 years ago

@Tessa @Jesalin @Shadowplay @Cyborgette

Now that’s an idea I had never considered before. /s

I mean, obviously there are circumstances that make coming out and getting on hormones seem impossible, otherwise I wouldn’t be facing the situation I complained about.

Jesalin
Jesalin
2 years ago

I see, sorry to have tried to be of some help. Rest assured that I won’t try that again.

kupo
kupo
2 years ago

@idli

actually people were objecting to dignifying them with a name

That’s NOT AT ALL what happened.

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
2 years ago

Idli, they have a name. A name they gave themselves. Incels.

Don’t think for one moment they gave bestowed “Chad”, “Stacy”, and “Becky” to signify dignity.

Fabe
Fabe
2 years ago

@Catalpa
I watched that “The Ship of Theseus” video and I’m now on my third video by the same person.

Sol
Sol
2 years ago

@Jesalin

Sorry but I fail to see how “Just transition, duh” is supposed to be helpful when I wrote about how I’m lonely and the idea of trying to pursue a relationship feels pointless due to being closeted and dysphoric.

Do you think I’m so stupid that the most straightforward solution to my issues is somehow unknown to me?

I have researched everything from the legal framework and treatment guidelines over local therapists and support groups to blackmarket online pharmacies for DIY. If I thought there was a realistic way, I wouldn’t be living like this. I basically have a PhD in knowing about all the things I can’t do without ruining my life.

Something like “Do your best to be cute and get yourself fucked by some gay guy, it might be better than nothing and you can always try to come out to him later” would be relevant advice. “Just transition” is nothing but rubbing salt in the wound.

Violet the Vile, Wielder of an Ideologically Weaponized Vagina
Violet the Vile, Wielder of an Ideologically Weaponized Vagina
2 years ago

@Sol

That’s not cool.

We’re on an internet forum; people don’t know who you are, what you’ve researched, or where you are in the process. There are some people out there who might just have started out, or not have done that research, in which case the advice given and support would be helpful.

Even if the advice is no good to you, you can be respectful about saying that.

Salora
Salora
2 years ago

Not a former incel (also I’m a woman), but eh. Why the fuck not. I dont know what’s TMI or not because I lack social skills so uh, warning, I talk abt my sex life??? Whatever.

So in middle school and high school I was getting rejected left right and center, I definitely had friends, but nobody wanted to date me because I was the weird kid. At most, I was funny, not really attractive. And while I certainly didnt think this would be forever (time’s a weird concept for me anyways), I certainly did start feeling resentful that I wasn’t being seen as dateable.

So at 16 i somehow end up really casually dating this girl and that’s my first kiss, and while that relationship only went as far as lunch break in the hallway (nobody ate in the cafeteria), and… I dont know literally nothing changed about me, not hygiene nor appearance nor personality, but somehow, everything changed when I became an adult. (And no, it wasnt puberty)

Maybe I just got more active online and got a larger circle of friends. Maybe its my current all-black wardrobe and wholehearted embracing of butch identity. Maybe all those years of mildly embarrassing ERP caused me to start exuding vibes of absolute sexiness. Maybe I make attractive characters and the attractiveness leaks onto me. Idk.

All I know is that I lost my virginity at an anime convention in a one-night-stand with a friend of an internet friend who had a boyfriend, which is the most chad thing I can think of if you ignore the part about the anime convention, I got into a FWB relationship with a music major lesbian and her gf, and now I have a gf who’s extremely devoted to me (feeling’s mutual <3) and nearly every lesbian I know is crushing on me and people are constantly complimenting my appearance whenever I post a selfie in the group chat. People are comparing my face to celebrities. Apparently, I’m both Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Fisher. Everyone agrees that I give off the aura of an attractive older woman, and I’m 21.

I am a nerdlord who showers once every three weeks, never leaves her room, forgets basic hygiene, still has an acne problem, wears the same clothes ad nauseum, avoids makeup like the plague, and regularly just doesnt bother to style my hair in a way that doesnt look ugly as all hell. My hobbies include videogames, dnd, politics, and academia, I have like 20 stuffed animals that I refuse to give away, I am awkward and loud and compensate for my lack of social skills by- oh who am I kidding? I dont compensate for it at all, I just play up my awkwardness in the hopes that people will laugh. I talk to myself. PASSIONATELY. Why am I so attractive? Why am I a lesbian chad? The world may never know. Idk where I was going with this, people are weird???? Teenagers as a whole arent as romantically successful as the media leads them to believe, so every virgin teenager gets a warped perception of how attractive they are which gets blown out the water as soon as they graduate high school? In the kingdom of unwashed virgin nerds, the artist with an all-black wardrobe is chad?

Am I gonna post this comment and have like 5 people saying I sound like prime dating material?

God, we are nowhere close to decoding the nuances of human attraction. Incels are fucking fooling themselves with all this nonsense about chins and wrists and eye slope. Its mind-boggling how confident they can be about their assertions.

(Also uh. Hi guys, longtime lurker and fan here, this is my first time commenting on WHTM! Wassup)

Shadowplay
2 years ago

Eh, frustration’s a thing. No harm meant, I figure.

Mind – I didn’t say “just transition.” I said “You’re wise not to date until you sort yourself out.” Different thing.

Dalillama
Dalillama
2 years ago

@SoI

Do your best to be cute and get yourself fucked by some gay guy, it might be better than nothing and you can always try to come out to him later”

I shouldn’t recommend that at all, personally. It’s setting yourself up for more heartbreak later on. A bi guy, that’s the ticket. (Or gal, if your tastes run that direction). It worked for me.

Jesalin
Jesalin
2 years ago

And therapy. Depending on where you are an assessment is mandatory before HRT anyway. But yeah, dysphoria is a bastard, you don’t have to stay stuck in it though (I hope).

^That was my advice. I didn’t say ‘just transition, duh’, I recommended therapy and tried to give a bit of encouragement.

Do you think I’m so stupid that the most straightforward solution to my issues is somehow unknown to me?

Stupid no, rude as all hell, definitely.

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
2 years ago

I am reminded of my older daughter, before I stopped giving her advice.

She’s ask me for advice, and then argue against why she couldn’t take my advice, belittling me and telling me how stupid I was, and why I was such a horrible mother. And how I don’t support her and I never help her, see.

My daughter didn’t want advice. She wanted a magic wand.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Well, Sol did identify as incel in their first comment. So it should come as no surprise that any effort to reach out and be kind would be met with hostility.

Jesalin
Jesalin
2 years ago

Somehow I managed to miss that, damn I feel stupid.

Shadowplay
2 years ago

@PeeVee

My daughter didn’t want advice. She wanted a magic wand.

Years back, I wrote for a relationship advice column online (I know, odd fit, but enjoyed it).

Questioners always split into three categories – those wanting real advice, those wanting a magic wand (as you nicely put it), and those wanting permission.
Split seemed even amongst the three types. Favorite were the third type so I could tell them off for asking me for permission to do something stupid. 😛

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Easy to miss given that incels are overwhelmingly cishet men.

idli sambar revolution
idli sambar revolution
2 years ago

Do your best to be cute and get yourself fucked by some gay guy, it might be better than nothing and you can always try to come out to him later”

They should be straight (heh) with the gay guy from the get-go otherwise the gay guy might really fall for them (hey, it could happen) and get his heartbroken when he finds out the guy is straight and just using him for sex. Never a good idea to be deceptive, no matter what PUAs say. Honesty is the best policy. “I’m a straight man looking for male to male sex”. And let the chips (or chads) fall where they may.

idli sambar revolution
idli sambar revolution
2 years ago

I’m looking for it now but can’t seem to find it. While binge watching incel youtube I came across this youtube show of a man who does a sort of “right wing watch” type of thing and the topic was Robin Hanson’s “thought experiments” that we were discussing the other day. He had someone on who he was defending Hanson. As he was reading Hanson’s comments he quoted him “thought experimenting” something Hanson called “gentle rape”. Hanson wrote about drugging someone, the incel raping her “gently” and the woman wakes up without any memory. I don’t know if he proposed women volunteer for this and get paid for it or what. I can’t find that video now nor can I find any writings about it but it’s something he wrote recently.

I don’t recall reading that in the pieces I quoted of Hanson here (thought what we cited from him was bad enough) but can you believe this???? How did we miss that???

Again, why should women who don’t want to have sex with these dudes be thought experimented about? Why isn’t Hanson thought experimenting about men (who also don’t want to have sex with them) signing up to be “gently raped” by incels?

The guest on the show who was defending Hanson’s comments as not his own but merely “academic exploration” and “food for thought” kept accusing the host of “shutting Hanson down” and the host said, I’m not shutting him down I’m openly repeating what he said and inviting dialogue. So any conversation, difference of opinion, or push back is considered “shutting down free speech” of this Hanson guy who most people haven’t heard of anyway. The conversation around it is giving him free publicity and might make him the next Jordan Peterson “hero”, who nobody also heard of until recently and now he’s on the cover of TIME or Newsweek or something.

Also, why not shut down such “thought experiments”? I know we technically can’t, but why not? Not all ideas are equal, we can all agree on that. So should they all be equally heard? I don’t know, but I’m leaning toward “no”.

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
2 years ago

Shadowplay, yep.

After so many times of being told how terrible my advice is, (and I’m not even talking about relationship advice) I no longer give it.

Online or offline, I no longer give advice. I’ve learned.

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
2 years ago

I think Dumas put it best: most people ask for advice for the pleasure of ignoring it. 🙂

Paradoxical Intention: Resident Cheeseburger Slut

What I try to do (and encourage other people to do) is to ask people who are venting if they want advice or if they just want someone to listen.

I mean, Sol was hella out of line when the advice given was actually pretty supportive and helpful, but sometimes it just helps to know if I’m only going to be trying to fix a problem that the person doesn’t want solved.

So, Sol, do you just want to vent, or do you actually want advice? Because it seems to me you don’t actually want advice, you just want to be upset.

Which is totally fine! It’s okay to be upset! But lashing out at people who were only trying to help and strawmanning them to be even more angry is NOT OKAY.

Jes was only trying to help out. There’s no need to be a brat about it.

kupo
kupo
2 years ago

@idli
I’m sorry if *you* missed it when I posted a link to it earlier, but *we* didn’t miss a damn thing. The “thoughtpiece” in question from Hanson was not about incels at all, by the way. It was about how much worse men have it than women because men can be cuckholded and women presumably can’t.

CW: rape, misogyny, Robin fucking Hanson’s “thoughts”

http://www.overcomingbias.com/2010/11/gentlesilentrape.html

Cyborgette
Cyborgette
2 years ago

@WWTH, @Jesalin

Yeah, I spotted their use of “incel” but assumed it was out of newbie ignorance, not involvement in those circles. But then I think I missed the first page of this thread.

JenniferAndLightning
JenniferAndLightning
2 years ago

@Sol

I met my ex-wife when she was at a similar place in her life to what you describe. She felt transition was impossible due to her career and custody situation. We met online and she disclosed her desire to transition in our first conversation. It wasn’t an issue for me and we proceeded to date and get married and spent over 6 years together. She also did end up going through hrt and was able to live authentically, but it took some time. Obviously, things didn’t work out between us, but for reasons unrelated to gender confirmation.

There are people out there, like myself, who are willing to take you at face value and accept you as your real gender even if you are still presenting as your assigned gender. I know that my ex had that disclosure conversation with numerous people and only a small percentage stuck around, but as much as rejection hurts, she wasn’t actually compatible with those people. She made sure to disclose while still anonymous so that someone who reacted really badly didn’t know who she was. And she was taking some safety risks that you may or may not feel comfortable taking, but if you are specifically looking for advice on how to date while unable to live as yourself, I would suggest some variant on my ex-wife’s approach.

pnxwzl
pnxwzl
1 year ago

and it’s hard to disagree with dworkin’s views, she explains them so logically, like this on lap dancing

http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/dworkin/lapdancing.html

where is she wrong here?

I’ve read some stuff by AD where she makes a lot of sense but in this particular piece, she appears to be living under a couple of delusions, notably the arduousness of assembly line work and what consititutes a poor wage for the average Scottish factory worker (even more so considering the age of the article!)

To say that stripping or lapdancing is worse than the most arduous factory work – I’m sorry but has Andrea done these type of jobs?
For example; picking bits of bone and cartilege out of chicken breast fillets for the absolute bare minimum wage they can legally get away with paying, so at the time the article was written, about £6/hour before tax – all day, for at least ten hours a day with only a couple of short breaks, five or six days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. Does Andrea honestly think wriggling about in lingerie for a few hours a night is worse than this?
She then goes on to scathingly imply that £25,000 is peanuts. I’m sorry but if you work on an assembly line in a factory in Scotland, this is probably around £10,000 more than the highest annual salary you have EVER been paid in your life, and about £10k more than you will EVER earn if you stay in that job. In fact £25k is still higher than the UK national average wage in 2018.

Are strippers and lapdancers at risk from clients? They certainly should not be. Any legit strip/LD club has a very very firm ‘no touching’ rule. The dancer is in control of the situation at all times. A big, burly security guard is within earshot at all times.

The type of men who use lapdancing clubs or strip joints are basically being exploited harder than anyone else in the whole scenario. They are handing over (usually) hard-earned money for nothing more than 10-15 minutes of fake interest and to have a woman brush herself over their fully-clothed laps a few times. They are basically throwing their money away for nothing.

Furthermore she goes on to say “Women working in the same jobs as men still get paid less than their male counterparts. But no-one would expect to see an epidemic of male lap-dancing. Some forms of degradation are female-only.”

Well, clearly Andrea has never heard of the Chippendales, or been to a club with male strippers. Personally I have never been into the whole idea of lap-dancing or stripping. I have been to a club with lap dancers a total of one time, for a friend’s stag party. This particular strip club had female strippers upstairs for the entertainment of men, and male strippers for the entertainment of the women downstairs. Then at midnight the upstairs and the downstairs areas were de-segregated, the strippers/lapdancers all went home (I assume) and the club became just like any normal nightclub, albeit with a slightly more charged atmosphere since after staring at sexy bodies they weren’t allowed to touch for the last couple of hours, men and women alike were keen to make new friends to perhaps get physical with later on.
It was a fairly enjoyable evening but not an experience I’m keen to repeat any time soon, paying someone £1 per minute to wave her bits at me within touching distance, whilst a burly bouncer stood a few metres away just in case I was tempted to touch her, just doesn’t seem like a good use of what little money I have.

Bad Karma
Bad Karma
1 year ago

As someone who identifies as InCel despite never having joined a forum or reddit or other communication service, I came at it EXACTLY how the former InCel above came OUT of it. In my late teens and early twenties, I would go to bars with room mates, and it revealed the very true state of Hell – that the purported ‘shit’ that InCels go on about in nightclubs in bars is very very true. Women do not wish to be approached unless you’re ‘desirable’, but become pretty ‘open’ if you are. I think I approached 7 or 8 times (numbers I don’t ‘count’ in my rejection tally), and every time I was shut down.

Do I think it is possible for short guys or guys from other ethnic backgrounds or guys with mis-shapen eyebrows to score in a nightclub? Absolutely. Do I think it is possible for ME to score in a nightclub? Perhaps, but experience has shown me that it’s statistically unlikely. Meeting in a bar usually doesn’t result in meaningful long-term relationships, but as someone who has only had (unsatisfying) long-term relationships, being wanted then and there, just for sex… THAT would feel pretty good.