Henry Flynt is the author of the piece, "Blueprint for a Higher Civilization," which mentions his previous involuntary celibacy in the chapter called creep. His description of involuntary celibacy was the most detailed of the 20th century and he used the term verbatim. He was heavily involved in the mid-20th century avante-garde Fluxus art scene. He did concept art, anti-art activism, avant-garde music, and philosophy about the political left. According to Flynt, the incel is:
- shy, unassertive, and lacks self-confidence.