In the book 1984, there is an alleged group called The Brotherhood that is trying to overthrow the state of Oceania. The Brotherhood is alleged because given the nature of propaganda and lack of information on Oceanian society, there is no way to know if it really exists. The main chracter even asks at one point if The Brotherhood is real and is told that even if lives decades he will never know. Effectively The Brotherhood does not exist because even if it did, the way the government of Oceania describes The Brotherhood is completely different than reality. What is called The Brotherhood does not exist. The government of Oceania constantly produces propaganda on how The Brotherhood is wrong yet according to them The Brotherhood never stops being a threat. That same propaganda says that anything bad that happens is caused by The Brotherhood. No matter what happens The Brotherhood is able to cause major damage and only seems to get more powerful.
Incels are treated the same way The Brotherhood in 1984 is because incels are blamed for bad things (or things that are considered bad by dominant political ideologies even if sad things aren’t actually bad) that they had nothing to do with. Incels are constantly connected to #GamerGate, the MRM, and to MGTOW, but the worst is blaming acts of criminal violence on incels. Lots of people believe that the most recent school shooting was caused by an incel because of this story about how the shooter was supposedly rejected by a girl. The response to that article has been things like, “Sounds like he was another incel”, “You’ll never get a date now, virgin”, “So, another incel takes his frustrations out on innocent people. Great.”, “there exist terrifying similarities between the way the most incels and serial killers think”, and “It might be at the point where we have to take out the incels before they do it to us.” It turns out that this story is completely wrong and anti-incel propaganda. The source of this story is the mother of the girl that allegedly rejected the shooter who had no way of knowing whether this happened. The mother of the girl that allegedly rejected the shooter was not involved in her daughter’s life so this is all made up.
This is not the only example of incels being falsely accused of violence/terrorism. Alek Minassian, the guy in Toronto who ran over those people in a van, is an incel right? Tim Pool, the only journalist to investigate whether Alek Minassian was an incel, discovered that there is no evidence that Alek Minassian is an incel. Minassian’s facebook profile is only linked to known trolls and the post itself was posted when Minassian was already in custody.
The Florida school shooting earlier this year was also blamed on the shooter allegedly being an incel. In this case the shooter had a girlfriend but this is used as evidence that he was an incel. Once comment at that link said, “Yeah but it still fits the m.o. of the average incel. Abusive towards women”. In 1984 terms, this is an example of double think where domestic violence is blamed on incel men even though incel men can’t be committing any domestic violence since they never have a wife or a girlfriend. This is a reoccuring theme I have noticed in discussions about incel men even though it is impossive for incel men to commit domestic violence by definition.
It’s not just school shootings and other violent acts that are falsely blamed on incel men. People are acting like incels are hiding under their beds. That can be seen with Ellen Pao’s recent tweet about how incels have embedded in tech companies as if incel men are a conspiracy invading and taking over tech companies. Incels are also often referred to as a “movement”. Incels are not a movement. They are group of men with a similar condition. Referring to incels as a “movement” is to attempt to imply there is some sort of coordination between incels and organization of incels. This is not the first time the idea of an “incel domestic terrorist organization” has been pushed. I have previously documented how there have been demands that boys suspected of being potential incels start being tracked in third grade, that incel men be tracked by the NSA, that incel men be castrated, and concetration camps be created for incel men.
There are some differences between how The Brotherhood is treated in Oceania in 1984 and how incels are treated. In 1984 the government of Oceania would never say that The Brotherhood had infiltrated and taken over ministries of the government. Incel men have been accused of infiltrating (or having sympathiers in) law enforcement and the national security establishment. According to people who believe this, this is why shootings by incels keep happening and “nothing is done” about them. One of them said:
I know there are many fine officers of law enforcement, but how many MRAs are there in LEA, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security? How many white nationalists? Percentage higher than that of the general population? Any way to even know?
Another important difference is the source of anti-incel propaganda. In 1984, all of the propaganda about The Brotherhood came from the Oceanian government, specifically the Ministry of Truth. When it comes to incels, there is no top down government ministry of truth producing anti-incel propaganda. Anti-incel propaganda is a grassroots bottom up phenomenon. This is one reason why government agencies are accused of being infiltrated by incels or sympathetic to incels. The government has no policy of purging incels or worrying about incels since it has no reason to do so. While there is no government ministry of truth producing anti-incel propaganda, the techniques and tactics used against incels by individuals volunteeting to produce anti-incel propagada are very similar to those used in 1984.