Toronto van attack: What is an 'incel'?

Toronto van attack: What is an 'incel'?

Toronto van attack: What is an 'incel'?

The 25-year-old suspect, Alek Minassian, plowing a rented van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto sidewalk on Monday, killed 10 people, injuring 15 others in Canada's deadliest mass killings in decades, Xinhua reported.

"Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please". Alek Minassian's post read, "The Incel Rebellion has already begun!"

"Ging said the Facebook post used terminology common to incel forums, such as references to "Chads" and Stacys," the respective male and female archetypes of the sexually active masses whom incels blame for their sexual rejection.

But what is Incel and what is the significance of the social media posting?

The man accused of driving a van to attack pedestrians in Toronto was charged on Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

Toronto's police chief identified the driver as Minassian, of Richmond Hill, Ontario. He had railed in a manifesto and online videos about women who shunned him and called for an incel "overthrow" of what he saw as feminist domination.

"Yes, some users, like in every community, are more extreme than others in their beliefs, but to make a crude hyperbole: When a muslim commits a terrorist act, people don't claim being a muslim equals being a terrorist". And "Stacys" are attractive women who reject incels.

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The incel community that Mr. Minassian paid homage to, for example, was banned from Reddit a year ago because, among other issues, some adherents advocated rape as a means to end their celibacy. Who around him knew how much time he was spending on the internet in these groups?

Forums are laced with suggestions that at least some of the discussions are merely satire or a way of blowing off steam. What was incel? And why would it incite such an act? "Nor [can I] restrict it to the nicer people who need it".

Ryan Duquette, of the Toronto-based digital forensics consulting firm Hexigent, said it's not clear who accessed the account when the message was posted based on the information that's publicly available. Wes, who lives nearby, was strolling down Yonge Street, heading to his barber to get a haircut when he saw a body bag on the ground. "And that is the feeling of injustice that can fuel radicalization", Fiset said.

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"Incel" is short for "involuntarily celibate".

Police confirmed Minassian posted the message but have declined so far to discuss a motive for the attack as they continue investigating. "Their resentment against socially successful men, their resentment against women who were withholding sex..."

The origins of the word "incel" can reportedly be traced back to the 1990s and a Canadian woman known in the media by only her first name, Alana.

"It was meant to be a helpful, supportive movement", she told The Globe and Mail newspaper, explaining the term was meant to include "people of all genders who find themselves celibate or lonely and not dating".

"I told him 'I'm a dental student at U of T so I have been trained in CPR, '" she said. "It sounds like someone who is trying to make sense of why they can not connect with other people".

Like other communities in the misogynistic online "manosphere", incels also use the term "red pill", as popularized by the movie, "The Matrix".

There are many massacres in which both men and women are killed wholesale.

"They have lingo. They have educative documentation". I don't think he or Minassian had a hint of irony in them. The auto is seen pulling out of the way of the van, as Minassian allegedly continues to drive the rental vehicle down the sidewalk, leaving carnage in his wake. "They feel wronged by women as a whole". Gaining dating experience or learning pick-up techniques won't help, they believe.

"If you take guns out of the mix, Canada and the United States are identical", she said, citing statistics indicating the two countries have similar rates of non-firearm homicides. "She only had kindness in her", her family said in a statement April 24.

Until Monday, Minassian had a life that never attracted authorities' attention.

Canadian rapper Maestro Fresh Wes returned to the scene of the van rampage Tuesday, pausing by a newly erected memorial.

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