Lone wolf? No, these ‘incels’ are misogynist terrorists

IF you’re lucky, you’ll have got this far in life without hearing the term “incel”, which made the news this week after a terrorist in a van ploughed a into pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10. But has your son heard it? Your nephew? The boy next door who plays a lot of computer games and never makes eye contact? If they have, or if they do, there’s a danger of them being radicalised.

You might be wondering if you’ve missed some vital detail about 25-year-old suspect Alek Minassian, whom Canadian authorities have said was not associated with any known terror groups. Isn’t this a young man with learning difficulties who spent too much time online, as opposed to a terrorist? Isn’t he just a lone wolf, an isolated oddball, whose actions could neither have been predicted nor prevented?

No.

Incel stands for “involuntary celibate” and refers to a man who would like to be having sex but isn’t.

Read the rest of this column at thenational.scot

Published in The National on April 27 2018.

Published by Shona Craven

Writer, editor, talking head

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