The Toronto suspect apparently posted about an 'incel rebellion.' Here's what that means

Alek Minassian, as seen in his LinkedIn profile photo.

(CNN)It reads like the opening of a dystopian novel: "The Incel Rebellion has already begun!"

The mysterious line actually comes from a message police say the alleged Toronto killer posted on Facebook minutes before the van rampage that left 10 pedestrians dead.
"We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!" it continues. "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!"
But this is not fiction. The unusual references apparently made by suspect Alek Minassian reflect a real-life online underworld of misogyny and violence that law enforcement officials now are combing for evidence of the motive behind the vehicular carnage.
Here's a glimpse into its dark corners:

What does 'incel' mean?

"Incel" is short for "involuntarily celibate."
It's a movement made up almost entirely of men who claim they "can't have sex despite wanting to," according to
Central to incel ideology is the notion that members have been unfairly denied sex by women because they're unattractive or socially awkward. "In practice this goes beyond simply having sex and enters the realm of having no possibility of finding a partner, either to get validation, love, or acceptance from," the site states.'s administrator told CNN that the forum does not allow discussion of illegal acts and will ban users who post such comments.
"Make no mistake, we do not condone any kind of violence, we never have and never will. Inceldom is completely UNrelated to violence or misogyny," the administrator said in an email.
"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. Please don't associate two people who claimed being incel, Elliot Rodger and Alek Minassian, as being representative of the whole incel community, because they are not.
"Bottom line is, incel means being unable to get a romantic or sexual partner, it has nothing to do with terrorist acts."
The site, which claims to have about 5,000 members, became a forum for incels after Reddit banned a similar community late last year.
Reddit said in a statement that it banned the community for violating its prohibition on content that calls for violence or physical harm, The New York Times reported.

Who is Elliot Rodger?

Rodger, 22, killed six people and injured 14 others in 2014 in a stabbing, shooting and vehicle rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara. He later died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In a 107,000-word manifesto called "My Twisted World," Rodger detailed his plan for his "day of retribution." His main theme was his intractable virginity, which he blamed on "the cruelness of women."
Some incels hail Rodger as the martyr of an armed rebellion -- or "beta uprising" -- waged by sexually frustrated incels against the "Chads and Stacys."

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