Toronto van attack suspect spread anti-women ideology on Facebook

Blood remains at the scene on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plowed into pedestrians

By now, we should know better.

When such an attack occurs, people search for an explanation in whatever information is available.

Police said previously Minassian went to a Ryder truck rental facility north of Toronto on Monday morning where he rented a white van.

Missanian's Facebook post said, "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger". Regardless of its connection to the attacks, the post's viral spread has had the effect of introducing the concept of "incel" to a wider audience. And the sort of violent rhetoric and threats common on the dark part of the internet frequented by Incels are repugnant.

The term "incel" was coined in a psychology paper in 2001, but it became a rallying cry for angry men online over the past decade.

In the wake of a van attack in Toronto that killed 10 people and injured more than a dozen, women's advocates say recently surfaced reports about the suspect's alleged misogynistic views are troubling.

The breathless reporting of the online forums where self-dubbed "involuntary celibates" gather to discuss and develop their misogynist beliefs ignores a wider truth, suggesting men who violently hate women is an intriguing, new, internet-only trend.

"Frustration with relationships and lack thereof are pretty common human experiences". "There may be some real pain there, but that pain results from a misplaced anger". In 2001, Georgia State University researchers studied a small sample of people who were active in these communities. Rodger also produced writings under the heading, "My Twisted World", in which he envisaged killing male roommates, presumably enjoying satisfying sex lives, as well as sorority women who preferred "obnoxious slobs" to him.

"Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please", the social media post said.

Minassian has been quoted by BBC, "The Incel Rebellion has already begun!" "We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!". Hail to Supreme Knight Elliot Rodger! He is sometimes referred to as "Saint Elliot", with some incels even calling on others to follow in Rodger's footsteps. The reason they have to do that?

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Even though the suspect points an object at him in a threatening manner repeatedly, and can be heard saying "I have a gun in my pocket", Lam does not fire his weapon.

It bears repeating that we still don't know the motive in the Toronto attack.

Deputy police chief Peter Yuen said the officer, Const. Ken Lam, feels there are many first responders and members of the public who should be praised for their actions in the moments after a van mounted a sidewalk, killing 10 pedestrians and injuring 13.

"If you take guns out of the mix, Canada and the US are identical", she said, citing statistics indicating the two countries have similar rates of non-firearm homicides. As if all women got together to decide to punish this poor incel.

There are many massacres in which both men and women are killed wholesale.

Yet some incel sites insist they don't condone violence or misogyny. After the ban, many Incels moved over to Incels.me, where some members celebrated the attack.

Outpouring expressions of condolences and love written in myriad languages were posted at the tragic site.

"I think we need to have these conversations and talk about it to really address how sexism can dehumanize women and also allow men to justify violence in a twisted way".

That attention has also come with consequences. Last year, Reddit banned a subreddit of 40,000 self described incels after referencing its own policy about prohibiting content that "encourages, glorifies, incites or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or group of people".

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