All 10 victims of the Toronto van attack have been identified


A world in which the misogynistic spree killer Elliot Rodger is not only the "supreme gentleman' he sometimes imagined himself to be, but a bona fide saint". The post also references involuntary celibacy, colloquially referred to as "incel."

An "Incel" is a man who is "involuntarily celibate".

Flowers, cards, and words of sympathy adorn a makeshift memorial for victims of the mass killing on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. And it may not be the last.

The post might read as cryptic to some people, but if you've spent any time in the sewers of the online men's rights movement and its various offshoots then you'll be well familiar with the term "incel".

The incel community uses a few tropes to boil their ideology down into an easy-to-digest story. Rodger also produced writings under the heading, "My Twisted World", in which he envisaged killing male roommates, presumably enjoying satisfying sex lives, as well as sorority women who preferred "obnoxious slobs" to him. For them, "virginity discrimination" is a serious threat to their existence. In a suicide note, he blamed feminists for ruining his life.

"I will see how I feel and if I will have the energy to go Sunday", Hunt said.

Other posts on the subreddit were titled "all women are sluts", and "reasons why women are the embodiment of evil".

This was written by an anonymous person on one of the Incel's online forums. But for others, the beta uprising is a violent call to arms.

"Again, I'm not saying that this is necessarily a jihad attack".

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"I think we need to have these conversations and talk about it to really address how sexism can dehumanize women and also allow men to justify violence in a twisted way". "There will always be more rampages because of the way society treats us". Members of the group were accused of encouraging violence against women as well as justifying and encouraging rape, according to an online petition calling to ban the subreddit community.

Rodger killed six people near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014, and wrote a manifesto in which he blamed women for his loneliness, claiming: "I'm the ideal guy and yet you throw yourselves at these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman".

In an eerily similar fashion to this recent Toronto attack, he took to social media before the deaths. Rodger-something of a hero among incels-had professed frustration over his virginity and women rejecting him. The man will call a woman a dyke or a whore, or tell her she's fat and ugly because he was rejected and wants to restore some of his perceived lost power. Elliot Rodger identified as an incel and spent time on pick-up artist forums.

In a manifesto he wrote before the mass murder, Rodger said that he would "slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there. I've never even kissed a girl". People say and do very bad things out of hurt all the time to try and ease the humiliation they feel. Facebook confirmed the now-deleted post is authentic, and told the Daily Beast that Minassian's profile has been removed from the site. Was he radicalised - or "blackpilled", as Incel culture calls it - by a narrative of virgin oppression and his hatred of Chads and Stacies? We'll look at so-called "incels", and how the internet is inflaming toxic masculinity.

Bradden, a 33-year-old from Woodbridge, worked as an account executive at the Toronto offices of Gartner, an global research and advisory company. One 2016 paper argued that we shouldn't just consider the movement to be a bit of good ol' misogyny, but instead recognise it as a new ideological brand altogether.

Back in 2014, when the Reddit Incel group was still a thing, Rodger was a regular poster.

There is one element missing for this to be named a terrorist act. Others openly contemplate suicide, or seek advice on how to go about it.

"On the basis of all available information at the present time there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident", he said.