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"Any presentable woman can, in the last resort, attach herself to some man. The result, for a tramp, is that he is condemned to perpetual celibacy. For of course it goes without saying that if a tramp finds no women at his own level, those above—even a very little above—are as far out of his reach as the moon. The reasons are not worth discussing, but there is no doubt that women never, or hardly ever, condescend to men who are much poorer than themselves. A tramp, therefore, is a celibate from the moment when he takes to the road. He is absolutely without hope of getting a wife, a mistress, or any kind of woman except—very rarely, when he can raise a few shillings—a prostitute." --Down and Out in Paris and London (1933) by George Orwell

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The incel (short for involuntary celibate) subculture consists of online communities whose members define themselves by being unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite wanting to, a state they describe as involuntary celibacy or inceldom. Self-identified incels are almost exclusively male.

Discussions in incel forums are often characterized by resentment, misanthropy, misogyny and the endorsement of violence against women and more sexually successful men, a concept incels describe as the "black pill". The Southern Poverty Law Center has described the subculture as "part of the online male supremacist ecosystem", and self-described incels have committed several mass murders in North America.

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