Tallahassee’s Florida State University is Conducting Groundbreaking Research on ‘Incels’ Which Means Involuntary Celibate Men Who Experience Such a Degree of Rejection from Women That They Now Despise Them and Even Kill Them

The logo for Maura’s Voice, a lotus flower, is a metaphor Maura Binkley used in conversations about transformation. (Photo: Moore/Special to the Democrat)

They have found a platform on the internet, where they freely spew their hatred for women, particularly the ones they find attractive.

They have developed a vocabulary for those they detest. Men, who, who fit the fraternity-guy image, popular with women on campuses are referred to as “Chads.” The women, who prefer “Chads,” are labeled “Stacys”.

They sympathize with persons who have committed violence around the country, specifically targeting women. They detest other minorities and inter-racial couples.

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This group of men have labeled themselves “incels,” a shortcut for involuntary celibates, who have endured such a degree of rejection from women in their lives that they now despise them.

Scott Beierle, the 40-year-old man who shot and killed two women last fall and injured five others at Hot Yoga studio in Tallahassee, has been identified as a member of this following. So has Elliot Rodger, who killed six and injured 14 in Isla Vista, California.

Both Rodger and Beierle killed themselves after committing their heinous acts.

Understanding more about this population of men will be part of the research conducted at Florida State University through the Maura’s Voice research fund. It has been established in honor of Maura Binkley, the 21-year-old FSU student who was killed at the Tallahassee massacre.

Details of Maura’s Voice will be announced Monday during a news conference on the steps of the Old Capitol.

Leading research efforts in the incel culture will be Amy Coren, an assistant teaching professor of psychology at FSU. She holds a doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Texas-Austin and a juris doctor degree from the University of California-Berkeley.

Coren first started studying this culture last year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Pe’cs, Hungary, with research professor Adam Putz.

That research focused on people’s perceptions of a sexual assault crime and how upset it made them, victim blame and to what extent perpetrators needed to be punished.

“We found with this one particular group of males, the ones willing to blame the attractive victim in every sample also had very low self-perceived attractiveness leanings,” Coren said. “Essentially what we found by accident was an entire group of ‘incels.’ These individuals are hyper-aggressive toward women, typically having very low self-esteem themselves.”

Coren said that initial sampling found this subset of men were typically not upset at sexual assault crimes and felt the perpetrator should receive little punishment.

“Even more shockingly, (they) displayed high levels of blame toward the victim, that only increased as the attractiveness of the victim increased,” Coren said. “We realized that the attitudes of these participants were extremely similar to the incel community, which we had inadvertently tapped into.”

At FSU, Coren is conducting research on her own time, assisted by undergraduate student researcher. Lauren Callahan, who is studying the linguistics features in online incel communities, found on sites like Reddit.

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SOURCE: Tallahassee Democrat, Byron Dobson

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