PhDigital is a podcast about the internet, the people who live on it, and the people who research it. The first episode is now available on iTunes. In it, Tim Squirrell talks to Annie Kelly, a PhD researcher in American Studies at the University of East Anglia, where she analyses anti-feminist communities including Return of Kings, A Voice for Men, and the KotakuInAction subreddit.
The lamentable death of the POI in back half, and the emergence of substantive rebuttal in the whip, and how to fix both of them.
Second part of an ongoing series engaging with the “scientific evidence” for incel ideology. Examining the claim that “looks matter most” to women, and that there’s a “minimum level of attractiveness” before women care about personality at all or will consider a man as a potential partner.
Incels claim that there is “scientific evidence” that women rate men’s personalities based on their looks, and so personality doesn’t matter at all. In this piece, the first in the series Debunking the Blackpill, we pick apart the evidence for that claim.
Since Elliot Rodger killed 6 people in 2014, more incels have embraced a more deterministic and violent blackpill. Looking at the cultures of 4chan and reddit, the influence of call-out forums like IncelTears, and the moderation practices in incel communities can help us understand why.
Incels hope that with enough evidence and exposure, especially to The Atomic Blackpill, everyone will be blackpilled and see the world as they see it. The philosophy of science can show us why they’re wrong.