What’s Current: Reddit bans ‘incel’ group for inciting violence against women

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Reddit bans the online community “incels” as part of a new crackdown on forums that glorify and incite violence. Men in this online forum blamed women for their “involuntary celibacy” and advocated rape.
  • LAPD are investigating the attack on Sabrina Hooks, a lesbian woman who was badly beaten by men while at a fast food restaurant with her girlfriend, as a hate crime.
  • Women who suffer cardiac arrest in public are less likely than men to get CPR from bystanders and are more likely to die, says a new study by the The American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Yasmin Jones-Henry at The Guardian explains why Lupita Nyong’o is right to be angry at Grazia magazine, who recently edited out the actor’s hair on their cover.
  • DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza accused of sexual assault and harassment.
  • Julie Bindel will be speaking about her new book, The Pimping of Prostitution, this Thursday, November 16, in Vancouver.
Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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  • Hekate Jayne

    The incels on reddit are spreading their hate all over reddit, now, since they no longer have a sub dedicated to it.

    They tagged me and flooded my inbox after reading my thoughts on Danica Roem. I was one of many that managed to make them shake their toddler fists in rage and agony by speaking.

    Manbaby Tears are still delicious, though.

  • Kiwipally

    Re the Reddit ban, there is talk that the ban only occurred once violence against men (in this case, castration) was discussed, see e.g. http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-41926687

    So detailing violence against girls and women is just free speech by men, but mentioning violence against men is against Reddit rules.

  • Hekate Jayne

    Also, if anyone is aware of any radfem analysis of Elsagate, i would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know.

    I am compiling a list of resources here…..


    ….and I only have 4 sources, and none really qualify as radfem.

    • Americus91

      I can’t help you as far as your request. But I did just follow your blog.

      I heard about these youtube videos targeting children about a week ago maybe? I do not recall where I did though. I didn’t look into it further.

      Today I read your post on the subject and I have no words, my mind is trying to process it, the horror of this.

      • Hekate Jayne

        My mind almost can’t process it.

        For some reason that I cannot understand, there is a lot of these videos that focus on Spider-Man and elsa (from frozen) as a thing. Videos of Spider-Man beating/assaulting/raping else.

        And it would be a shit thing if this garbage were aimed at adults, but these are CHILDREN’S CHANNELS.

        Why? I have no words.

        Dealing with male perversion is like playing a disgusting version of whack a mole. You find one and you are still trying to wrap your head around it when 10 more pop up.

    • Kathleen Lowrey

      This is horrifying, but weirdly unsurprising, too. I’ve been sickened by mainstream content marketed to girl children. I’ve called Netflix twice about “Loli Rocks” and “Winx” and their response is that I should give them one star so they will stop appearing on MY Netflix; they clearly think it’s perfectly okay for a pedophiliac joke (“Loli”) to appear for millions of other girl children elsewhere. And that’s a major company run by reasonably sane people. Then you think, okay, but who the eff *made* and marketed Loli Rocks and Winx (which is far out on the “normal” spectrum; within the “normal” spectrum is all the Disney garbage with 11 year olds in heels and makeup and Lego Friends and Lego Elves having every story line directed at 6 to 8 year old girls devolve into BUT DOES HE LIKE ME?????? within a half hour, etc. etc.)? Like who actually sat down and took the time to write the story lines and draw the images for Loli Rocks and Winx and then how did they convince TV networks to market their creepery? That’s just the totally aboveboard stuff. That the stuff amateurs on the same child hating spectrum come up with is truly evil is, like I said, horrifying but unsurprising.

      • Hekate Jayne

        Ugh, netflix, too? I was only aware of YouTube.

        There is an article here on FC about pedophilia culture. It is scarily accurate.

  • catlogic

    I’m torn between “about bloody time” and being surprised they did it at all. Of course now the incels and trancels are trying to brigade the Gender Critical sub.

  • Dear Prudence

    Which is more likely to happen? A corporate male owned and controlled “Feminist” website reporting on lesbian violence? Or a meteor hitting and destroying the earth?

  • shy virago

    All I had to do was glance at the headline about the lesbian couple to know that it was in the country where
    I live. What does that say about the US and male violence?
    The daily headlines of more and more women speaking out led me to LA Fitness to report the harassment
    from a guy in membership when I went there looking for a gym to join. The manager – a woman – didn’t
    take it very seriously, but at least now she knows.

  • Hanakai

    Those incel males are so ugly. Little Elliot Rodgers, the lot of them. But there are still lots of Internet sites where the men indulge in their extreme hatred of women. And such sites have tens and hundreds of thousands of members.

  • Hekate Jayne

    Thank you.

    Every bit of this is aimed at GIRLS. But already, people are saying “children”.

    I haven’t found any boys duct taped to beds. Or putting make up on each other.

    This is about girls.

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  • Hekate Jayne

    Lucky for me, the internet lets anyone have a blog.

    If you define blog as “angry woman being angry while somewhat coherent.”


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