A femcel is woman claiming to be experiencing inceldom (involuntary celibacy) or volceldom (voluntary celibacy). The antonym of femcel is mancel. The culture, norms and hunches that permeate the femcel communities are referred to as femceldom. The most notable femcel in popular culture is probably Rogue, a fictional character from the comic series X-men, whose inceldom is caused by the fact that her physical touch produces an involuntary deadly high-voltage jolt, thus preventing affectionate relationships with others. The femcel is a "2" on the decile scale, just below the femcelish woman. Nonetheless, she isn't at the bottom of the totem pole as femcels tend to mog (i.e. manage to one-up) the truefemcel woman in looks, social status and overall charm.
Explanation[edit | edit source]
It is generally accepted that involuntarily celibate women don't exist with the exception of women that have medical issues like vaginismus, terminal illness, horrendous lesions all over her body, mental disabilities that would make an adult relationship impossible (e.g., Down syndrome), or if she lives is in a sexless relationship caused by the man, or is in a country with arranged marriages. However, with incelbian women it's a different story, since some lesbocels tend to live in conservative deep red states who can't find any other lesbians anywhere within their vicinity; and if they do, these lesbians are usually in the closet, so out of reach. Of course women can be sexless, but this is largely self-inflicted because men have a higher sex drive meaning there will always be men around willing to sexually satisfy any woman.
- The number of female celibates is roughly similar to the number of male involuntary celibates. But the female "involuntary" celibate is voluntarily celibate because she is an alpha widow. She is celibate because she once got a booty call from Jeremy Meeks, and now rejects all lesser males in the hope that one day she will get a second booty call from Jeremy Meeks. The male involuntary celibate is likely a virgin, and if he ever had sex, he got the dregs, while the female celibate got the cream.
Synonyms[edit | edit source]
There are many synonyms or near-synonyms of the term "femcel". These include:
History[edit | edit source]
Femcels, even though rarer than male incels, have existed throughout history, in fact, in Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, women's sexual starvation, e.g. in virgins or widows, was believed to trigger their hysteria. The assumption was that if a woman had no frequent sexual intercourse, the uterus would leave its anatomical position and move around the body causing hysterical behavior, sometimes called "the wicked womb". The word "hysteria" actually derives for the Greek word for 'womb', due to this assumption. Femcels have been literally described as "involuntary celibates" as early as the 18th century by clergyman Antoine Banier. He wrote, "young women who groan under the Yoke of involuntary Celibacy, would find Husbands to make them happy, did not the Avarice of those husbands reduce them to the calamities wherein ixion was involved." He, by making reference to the Greek myth of Ixion, is claiming that the custom of the dowry (woman's family paying money to the groom) led to widespread femceldom during his era.
One of the few moments in history wherein femcels outnumbered males experiencing inceldom was 1860s Paraguay, since up to 70% of the male population was killed in the War of the Triple Alliance. Another historical case of androcide on this scale causing a lopsided gender ratio in favor of men is the fate of the Serbian male population during the First World War, with 18-28% of the pre-war population of males perishing during the conflict, also the massive amount of Soviet men that were killed during the Second World War (Great Patriotic War in Russia), which resulted in a huge imbalance in the gender ratio mainly for those born around the early 1920s. The Great War and the Second World War also caused less severe lopsided gender ratios (less women than men) in many of the other nations that participated in the conflict.
The British Anthropologist James McGrigor Allan's 1890 work Woman Suffrage, Wrong in Principle, and Practice: An Essay, attribututed much of the energy of the suffragette movement to female involuntary celibacy. He derided suffragette movements as being mainly comprised of spinsters, widows and Amazons (masculinized women).
In 1915 in his book The Great Unmarried, British Journalist Walter M. Gallichan described femcels as "involuntarily celibate women doomed to a lonely, loveless existence and the negation of the right to motherhood." He portrayed the issue as being largely caused by (in his time) urbanization leading to masses of rural men to migrate to the cities to seek new industrial jobs, and what he claimed was a growing number of men unwilling or unable to bear the cost of marriage. He even briefly floats the idea of legalizing polygamy to ameliorate what he viewed as the serious social problem of involuntarily celibate women.
Since the early days of the incelosphere, there has been a controversy between mancels and femcels over inclusiveness in the incelosphere. This sometimes consisted of malecels having a proclivity for suggesting that femcels are standardcels or nearcels. This sentiment is especially the case for truecels who tend to have an exclusive attitude with a tendency towards policing of the term "incel". However both male nearcels and femcels have unanimously given credence to the inclusion of the following women as genuine incelibates: Christine Chubbuck, Lizzie Velasquez, Grace McDaniels, Mary Ann Bevan and Eman Aty.
Many femcels unable to find partners have turned to a new form of marriage as a coping mechanism called sologamy, wherein one marries themselves.
Forums[edit | edit source]
Current femcel forums[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
The earliest known English-speaking and strictly femcel forum was "Loveshy women", a Yahoo group which was founded on the 22nd of October 2004 (see /groups/loveshy-women). Subsequent to that, another early femcel group was r/foreveralonewomen. Because of repeated harassment, the board r/foreveralonewomen was made private. The other boards for femcels, r/femaleincels and its predecessor r/femcels have been banned as of this post. The only relatively large board that remains is r/trufemcels which is mostly populated by astroturfing male incels. But as always, with enough astroturfing it will probably eventually be made up of real women.