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Should We Take the Plight of Incels Seriously? New at Reason

All sides need to take a deep breath and not overreact

George Mason University's Robin Hanson got into a world of trouble with feminists and liberals for asking, in the wake of the Toronto attack by anSexless CoupleIngram Publishing/Newscom incel—a sexually frustrated involuntary celibate man—why those who worry about income inequality don't also worry about sexual inequality. He also mused if there was any way to redistribute sex.

The liberal world went ballistic. Social conservatives, on the other hand, took the opportunity to call for the rolling back of the sexual revolution and returning to the days of strictly enforced monogamy—the theory being that if attractive men don't hog too many women there will be more for those down the food chain. But Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia notes that although social conservatives are right in taking the plight of the losers of the sexual revolution seriously, the answer is not to consign couples to emotionally and erotically dead marriage. It is to liberate them more by completing the sexual revolution.


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