Soyboy (also spelled soy boy) is a term used by many sexual trad-cons, alt-righters and other types of masculinists to disparage someone for not being masculine enough. The use of the word "soy" is sort of a joke and implies that the man in question has possibly been feminized by consuming a lot of phyto-estrogens from soy products. Not all incels or even incel forums use this term or agree with underlying assumptions about masculinity/feminity.
The term has wide usage outside of the forums mentioned in this wiki.
Representations of soyboys[edit | edit source]
The stereotypical image of a soyboy in many forums is a man with a beard and glasses opening his mouth and eyes wide-open and in a, "surprise!", face during pictures that is also known as the Soylent Grin. This meme came from casual analysis of the facial expressions of male feminist video gamers and college student types, and was deemed to be a sign of submissiveness and femininity. This is similar to the 'fear grin' used by chimpanzees as a sign of submission to the chimps above them in the social dominance hierarchy, it can also often be seen performed by females attempting to be seen as 'zany' or 'quirky' when being photographed.
On masculinity[edit | edit source]
In a bad academic paper on incels and this wiki it says:
"Delicate masculinity seems to play a major role in how the movement has been created and is growing. Many members do not feel secure in their masculinity leading to the expression of aggression. This can probably also contribute to the strong female hatred that often expresses itself on the side because one. Part of hegemonic masculinity is to reject the feminine."
While this is true for some incels, a better way to explain this would be that there is a split between masculinist and non-masculinist incels. For masculinist incels, a departure from hegemonic masculinity is a bad thing, and there may be some projected self-loathing. For non-masculinist incels, they do not feel bad personally departing from hegemonic masculinity and their hatred instead comes from women not liking feminine men.