Incel culture is not mental illness. It runs much deeper


PISC International Scholar, Jooyoung Lee, PhD, spoke with Healthing on the issue of Incel-inspired violence. Incels are defined as an extreme and distorted subculture of the toxic culture that enacts violence against women. Dr. Lee says, "The views and ideas they hold are repugnant and misogynistic and as a society, we tend to think of them as something apart from us.” This seems to not be the case as he says, “...if we really think reflectively about many of the misogyny rampant in our media we consume, our hiring practices that discriminate women, our institutions, our general culture around blaming victims of sexual assault.” He notes that incels didn’t create sexual violence, but they have given it a face and forced us to really confront it.

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