Was Brett Kavanaugh an ‘Incel’ Before It Was a Thing?

Was Brett Kavanaugh an ‘Incel’ Before It Was a Thing? September 25, 2018

On Monday, FoxNews aired an exclusive interview with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, giving him an unprecedented opportunity to campaign for a SCOTUS seat and explain away accusations of sexual assault and misconduct. In the interview, flanked by his wife, Kavanaugh repeated a few phrases in an effort to drive them home and get them stuck in supporters’ heads: “I want a fair process,” “Let me be heard,” and “I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect.” Hey, here’s an idea… if you want a fair process where you and your accusers, along with witnesses, will be heard and show you’ve treated women well, why don’t we let the FBI do an investigation? Oh right, Republicans won’t allow that for some reason. But I digress. That’s not what this article is about.

During the FoxNews interview, Martha MacCallum asked about a specific allegation that accuses Kavanaugh of targeting women with alcohol and drugs so that a “train of men” could gang rape the incapacitated victims. Kavanaugh’s response was that the allegation was outrageous and that he “did not have sexual intercourse, or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter.” What wasn’t clear from his answer was whether or not Kavanaugh’s virginity was voluntary, or if he just had trouble with girls.

And that’s an important distinction. It’s possible that Brett Kavanagh was an incel.

For those not familiar with the term, incel is a fairly recently-coined term and is short for “involuntary celibate.” It describes a subculture mostly made up of white heterosexual men who communicate with each other through internet forums like Reddit and 4chan. According to Wikipedia, discussions in incel forums are “often characterized by resentment, misanthropy, self-pity, self-loathing, misogyny, racism, a sense of entitlement to sex, and the endorsement of violence against sexually active people.” Incels have been known to condone rape and violence against women and have even committed mass shootings. They have become a dangerous subculture of white men who are so resentful toward the women who won’t have sex with them that they desire to harm or humiliate them in return, and even act on it.

Remember, Brett Kavanaugh went to an all-boys high school, the type of place that can become a breeding ground for toxic masculinity. So if it’s true that Kavanaugh was a virgin throughout high school and college, and if this was involuntary, then the possibility is there that he resented that label and wanted to remove it any way he could. With his head full of “locker room talk” from being surrounded by pubescent males all day, coupled with a hostility toward women who aren’t begging him for the sex he feels deserving of, together with several accounts of him being a big drinker, Brett Kavanaugh may have had a perfect storm for sexual assault brewing inside of him.

So when you hear Kavanaugh say over and over that he’s always treated women with dignity and respect, try to picture a young, drunk virgin teen from an all-boys high school in the early 80s, and consider how likely it is that he was the one kid at the party who would slur, “Hey leave that girl alone!” Or is it more likely that a drunk Brett Kavanaugh, possibly harboring resentment toward women, would have been laughing while he exposed himself to a female at a dorm party, thrusting himself at her, forcing her to touch his penis, as Deborah Ramirez alleges?

As Bill Maher would say, “I don’t know it for a fact, I just know it’s true.”


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