TIL that the phrase ‘involuntary celibate’ was coined by Alana, a ‘nerdy queer woman’ who had never been on a date, and who wanted a name for her loneliness and the loneliness of others like her.

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  1. The phrase ‘involuntary celibate’ was coined by Alana, a ‘nerdy queer woman’ who had never been on a date, and who wanted a name for her loneliness and the loneliness of others like her. In the late 1990s, when she was an undergraduate in Ottawa, Canada, Alana created an all-text website called Alana’s Involuntary Celibate Project. It was a forum and support community, for women and men, young and old, gay and straight. They referred to themselves as ‘invcels’ until one forum member suggested dropping the ‘v’. They swapped advice on dealing with shyness, awkwardness, depression and self-hatred. Some of the men talked about women as objects, Alana says, but there was none of the violent entitlement that characterises today’s incel forums. Eventually, Alana got into a relationship and left the forum, handing over the job of moderator to another community member. She didn’t find out what
    had become of the incel movement until nearly twenty years later, when she read an article in Mother Jones about Elliot Rodger. SOURCE: The Right To Sex by Amia Srinivasan. Page 131

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