Reddit Support Group for 'Involuntarily Celibate' Men Banned for Rape Threats

'Incels', a misogynistic Reddit group offering support for men who are 'involuntarily celibate', was shut down Tuesday in compliance with Reddit's updated community policy. (Image credit: Jurgen Appelo/Flickr)

According to the Guardian, the Reddit group 'Incels' - billed as a support group for "involuntarily celibate" men - was banned by Reddit Tuesday after the website updated its policy guidelines.

The community [Incel] was banned this week after Reddit updated its site-wide policy to prohibit content that “encourages, glorifies, incites or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or group of people”.

With a membership totaling 40,000, Incel was geared toward men who are involuntarily without romantic or sexual relationships, perceived by the men to be a result of female maliciousness.

Members describe women as “femoids” and the men they have sex with as “chads”. There are many examples, documented on a watchdog subreddit called IncelTears, where incels have condoned or advocated rape, or described it as a made-up construct.

The Guardian lists some of the more popular recent postings on the group site:

The ban is a continuation of Reddit's attempt to eliminate harassment in its communities:

“Communities focused on this content and users who post such content will be banned from the site. As of November 7, r/Incels has been banned for violating this policy,” said a Reddit spokeswoman.