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A ricecel is an individual whose involuntary celibacy can be attributed to their East or Southeast Asian ancestry. It is also used to denote an incel of such descent or as a broad term in the PSL vernacular to refer to Asiatic appearing males in general. South Asians of non-mongoloid appearance are instead known as currycels. In countries like the US, young men of East Asian ancestry have the highest rates of sexlessness.[1]

Other research indicates that Asian men, in general, are seen as among the least desirable men by women,[2] and some research indicates they are evaluated as less physically attractive by both women of European descent and Asian women of divergent cultural backgrounds.[3] Even Asian men who may be expected to be pre-selected for sexual success (visitors to a sexual health clinic) report lower levels of engagement in a range of sexual behaviors (kissing and sex with kissing) than men of other racial groups in similar circumstances.[4] Men of (mostly east) Asian descent also appear to be particularly disadvantaged on dating apps,[5] while women of the same race are as desired or moreso than European-descended women.

Potential explanations for Asian male's low sexual success vary. These differ from a focus on biological causes to constructionist arguments focusing on cultural stereotypes. They include physical appearance (facial morphology and height), lower general levels of masculinity, emasculating cultural stereotypes that frequently portray Asian men in a de-sexed light, and heightened sexual competition with other races of men.

There is also the hypothesis that East Asian men may exhibit a slower life history speed compared to other major races (which means they mature later and put less effort into reproduction, among other things, resulting in lower promiscuity). Other explanations can be that Asians are more adapted to arranged marriage and less adapted to seduction, as they have a strong history of guided mate choice. The claim is that historical adaptions to arranged marriage result in an evolutionary mismatch where many individuals suffer lower mating success in contexts of free-mate choice.

Causes[edit | edit source]

The higher incel rate among Asians may be attributable to a slower life history speed of North East Asians, meaning a later onset of sexual behavior and lower sex drive as determined by their racial genetics.[6] Being more k-selected may mean more sensitivity to evolutionary mismatches. See also Demographics § Race.

Asian people also have very neotenous (cute) faces, possibly in relation to the aforementioned life history speed. For example, Asian men generally lack facial and body hair.[7] This neoteny makes Asian girls cute, while having disadvantageous effects on the men, who tend to look slightly more harmless, feminine and prepubescent than other races. This results in a super stimulus for Western males, compared to their more masculinized females. In addition, the mean stature for young Asian males in the United States is also 5'7" (170.1 cm),[8] which given the importance women give to male stature during their process of mate selection[9], is a major disadvantage in dating. Such factors may play a greater role within a completely liberated dating landscape as it means reverting to a less civilized courtship in which dominance is all that matters.[10]

There also exists a strong negative stereotype that Asian men have a tendency to be dickcels, with some scientific evidence supporting this stereotype[11] and some studies seeming to disprove it.[12] Regardless of the validity of the stereotype, the widespread belief in it is still harmful, and can significantly decrease Asians' status among women.

Case Study: Even Asian Male Models Get no Matches[edit | edit source]

Case Study: China[edit | edit source]

After the globalization of China, the perception of Westerners changed dramatically. With the opening of China to the outside world, the representations of Westerners went from being enemies of China to individuals of great power, money and pleasure. In a study of Chinese advertisements from 1990 to 1995, marketed only to the Chinese people, it was concluded that in China, white women are symbols of strength and sexuality. The body language expressed by the Chinese models demonstrates subordination, defined by the covering of faces and the inclination of heads. In contrast, Chinese ads portray white women as powerful and uninhibited. They look directly into the camera, they don't cover their mouths while laughing, and they keep their heads up.

According to Rey Chow, a cultural critic and professor at Duke University, the fetishism of white women in the Chinese media has nothing to do with sex; instead, Chow describes it as a type of merchandise fetishism. White women are seen as a representation of what China does not have: an image of women as something other than the heterosexual opposite of men. By contrast, Perry Johansson, author of the Postcolonial Studies Journal article, "Consuming the Other: The Fetish of Western Women in Chinese Advertising and Popular Culture," argues that the racial fetish of white women in Chinese culture does have something to do with sex. White women represent a shift in power dynamics between women and men. As a result, white women are a source of fear.

Other / borderline[edit | edit source]

A shengnan is a ricecel (someone who experiences inceldom due to their Mongoloid, East Asian and/or Oriental ancestry) in the local Chinese language.

Its uncertain whether the Uyghur people qualify is oriental i.e. East Asian, as their phenotype is quite mixed. However, in case of the affirmative, there is certainly a large proportion of inceldom and therefore ricecels among the Uyghur populace. But its reasons stem for far different factors than other for most other ricecels. The Uyghur people are the victims of an attempted ethnic cleansing program by the Chinese government. They do this in the 21st century via internment camps wherein ethnic Uyghur males and females are separated from each other forcibly. Thereby, you could technically call this Uyghur situation a case of involuntary celibacy. The two Uyghur sexes are prevented from breeding or mingling with one another against their will.

Blackpill 101 episode[edit | edit source]

Incel TV made an episode about ricecels:

References[edit | edit source]

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