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An emcel, or emotional celibate, is a person who is unable to pair-bond with a partner. They would like to have medium or long term romantic relationships, but their relationships do not last long due to their own insecurities, promiscuity, or other reasons. The term can apply to both men and women, but it is usually used to refer to a woman due to the ease with which women can become emcels.

Someone can be an emcel due to trauma or serial emotional rejection, among other causes.

An emcel can sometimes be characterized by sanpaku inferior eyes, a deep or no-tone voice, birth control usage, impulsive travel and left-wing political beliefs.

Emcel vs aromantic[edit | edit source]

Pair-bonding and romanticism are not the same thing, therefore an emcel and an aromantic are different. An emcel finds it difficult to sustain any long term relationship, whereas an aromantic can sustain a relationship. Also, emceldom is often caused by romantic undesirability, whereas aromanticism is usually something someone is born with.

Sanpaku eyes[edit | edit source]

There are certain physical traits of emcels which include Sanpaku eyes. Or eyes that are misaligned or have exposed white-area where there should be none. It is hypothesized that this may be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Billie Eilish.

Possible clinical procedures which may be approved for emcel-associated Sanpaku eyes include electroconvulsive therapy and trans-magnetic cranial stimulation

Hormonal Birth Control[edit | edit source]

"In this functional magnetic resonance imaging study involving 40 pair-bonded women, 21 of whom were using HC, we investigated whether a 24-IU nasal dose of OXT would modulate brain reward responses evoked by the romantic partner’s face relative to the faces of familiar and unfamiliar people. Treatment with OXT increased the perceived attractiveness of the partner relative to other men, which was paralleled by elevated responses in reward-associated regions, including the nucleus accumbens. These effects of OXT were absent in women using HC."[1]

Born from promiscuity[edit | edit source]

The cause of this phenomena is a mix of many different factors. Another factor is the development of 'hyper-casual sex culture' which aided by speed dating apps like Tinder, takes sex from being an act of loving commitment to a bodily function on the level of defecation. It is thought that this consistent attaching and re-attaching between strangers over time wears out a person's ability to bond emotionally through sex, leaving them unable to experience love later on.

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See also: Causes of celibacy, and -cel