, the term that bulldozed into the news in the wake of the Toronto van attack. It stands for 'involuntary celibates', a group of men online who feel they are being denied the 'right' to sexual intercourse, or at the very least feel that women won't give them the light of day because of their perceived 'lack of status'.
Obviously the actions of these guys, or of Alek Minassian in particular (the van driver) are deplorable, and dead wrong. There's no excuse for it, but that's not the point I want to make.
Obviously, these guys, whether right or wrong, feel slighted by women. While I personally find their complaints fairly ridiculous, and their actions heinous, that doesn't mean the sentiment itself shouldn't be examined.
Because, in my opinion, regardless of how I personally feel about a subject, if a group of people, be they of certain ethnicity, belief or social 'class', feel the need to band together and feel validated in committing outrageous actions and attacks because of that subject, it should not be ignored, but examined.
So, I ask here:
a) Is there some sort of valid ground for the feelings of these guys? Are we, in fact, creating a society where men are discriminated against by women because of perceived lack of status?
a.1) If so, is there something that we can do to counter this sentiment?
b) If, however, there are no valid grounds, what should be done? Should these men be labelled as members of a terrorist organization?
and c) what are ways we as a society ( and not necessarily the government) can counteract these feelings, for example if we perceive such feelings and sentiments in family members or friends?
Does anyone have any ideas?