When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh claimed on national television that he was a virgin until well after college, he caught the attention of one particular group of Americans: the so-called “incels”.
According to The Daily Beast, some in online forums for incels — a shortened term for the self-labeled “involuntarily celibate” — welcomed Kavanaugh to their misogynistic group as a sort of hero.
> It is a group of sexually frustrated men who gather in internet forums to complain about their lack of social status and the women they blame for it. And in various internet forums over the past few days, they’ve expressed interest in Kavanaugh after he claimed, in a Fox News interview Monday, that he never had sex in high school or for years after. Kavanaugh did so to dispute accusations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that he had sexually assaulted her during the summer of 1982.
> “I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter,” Kavanaugh said.
For many in the incel community, Kavanaugh became more appealing as a nominee after they learned of his supposed longtime virginity.
> David Futtrelle, a writer who tracks right-wing internet groups like incels, noted on his blog that the Fox News interview appeared to have earned Kavanaugh “some enthusiastic new fans.”
> “Kavanaugh being an incel once makes me him more lol,” wrote one poster in an incel forum.
> Another poster wrote that Kavanaugh’s claim about his virginity boosted his support for the nominee “to 110%,” while one user on a Reddit forum devoted to incels said that Kavanaugh had inspired a new kind of incel, “Kavanaughcels.”
Others, however, suggested that Kavanaugh’s admission would ensure his downfall:
> “He doesn’t realize that the only thing women and normies hate more than rapists, it’s incels,” one user wrote. “He’s done.”