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Three female members of the ‘incel’ community have shared their reasons for being a part of the controversial movement associated with misogyny, anti-feminism, and violence.
The term incel is short for 'involuntary celibates' while female incels are known as 'femcels.' Members of the movement define themselves as being unable to find romantic or sexual partners despite their desire to have them.
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A woman named Rachel, 19, told Huck Magazine that she came across the term incel for the first time four years ago and felt it was the perfect way to describe her situation.
'I’ve never had sex or had a relationship due to a hormonal condition that has caused me to develop a very atypical appearance,' she explained.
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The online subculture is known for attracting primarily heterosexual white men, many of whom claim it is impossible for women to be incels, making female involvement all the more confusing.
There is a misguided belief shared by many male incels that women, no matter what they look like, can find sexual partners as long as they are willing to be physically intimate with any man willing to have intercourse with them, with Huck Magazine explaining: 'The idea that any woman can get laid if she wants to is common on incel sites.'
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Fiona, another femcel who has never had sex or been in a romantic relationship, told Huck Magazine that she is constantly reminding male incels that they need to be 'inclusive,' but they just tell her to go on a dating app or website to find a sexual partner.
While that may work for a woman who is just looking to be physically intimate, Fiona said there are a lot of femcels who 'want sex in a relationship with people we love.'
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