Deranged young men in ‘incel’ cult pound their faces in a bid to improve their looks

Deranged young men in the woman-hating ‘incel’ cult pound their faces in an effort to improve their looks and achieve the idealized face shape in their toxic online forums

  • Disturbed young men pound their faces trying to look more attractive
  • ‘Involuntary celibacy’ is a misogynistic subculture part of sleazy online forums
  • They believe they will never have sex or a relationship because of the way they look

Troubled young men resort to punching themselves in the face with hammers to try to look more attractive.

They are “involuntary celibates” or “incels”, who are part of a misogynistic subculture on sleazy online forums where users trade fantasies about rape and mass murder.

The members believe in a conspiracy theory called the “black pill”, a nihilistic ideology that preaches that its followers are doomed to a life without sex or relationships due to their genetic appearance.

Filmmaker Ben Zand, who investigated UK incels for a new Channel 4 documentary, said: “Ideology tells you that if you’re not attractive you have no hope.” This leaves you with three possible outcomes – you can kill yourself, you can kill other people, or the only redemptive option is to drastically change your appearance.

Disturbed young men resort to slapping themselves in the face with hammers to try to look more attractive

Many incels engage in what is known as “looksmaxxing” – activities to enhance their appearance, including extreme gym use, taking testosterone, and reconstructive surgery. To achieve the idealized face shape online – narrow eyes, high cheekbones and a pronounced jawline – some “lookmaxxers” have resorted to repeated trauma to the facial bones. Using their hands, blunt instruments, or hammers, they would repeatedly strike each other in the belief that it would stimulate bone growth and change their appearance, a practice known as “bone breaking.”

Looksmaxxing influencer William Li, who does not identify as an incel, said he had seen “temporary” progress with bone destruction. He added: “At first I used my hands to tap my chin, my mandible and my brow bone from time to time, but it was mainly my chin.

“Eventually I started using a massage gun to do it for myself, but realized it was way too hard and I had bruises on my chin.”

Male model Austin Wayne has said he suffered bone fractures up to three times a day when he struggled with his appearance at the age of 17.

He said: “I was a very insecure kid and I kept noticing all these imperfections on my face.

“I used my hands and just patted along my jawline and chin where I wanted to see the growth. I’m no expert on this, but I thought this worked for me.

“I realize now that it’s very extreme and I don’t think it’s a healthy thing for people to do.”

There is no established medical basis for claims about bone breakage, which is tied to discredited scientific beliefs. Violent hatred of Incels has spilled over into the real world at times, with tragic results.

Jake Davison, 22, who shot five people dead in Plymouth last year, had posted numerous videos online espousing extreme incel views.


‘Incels’ are part of a misogynistic subculture on sleazy online forums where users trade fantasies about rape and mass murder (file photo)

Mr Zand’s research for the documentary suggested there were as many as 3,000 incels in Britain.

A recent study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate found that mass murder posts jumped 59% in the past year on the web’s most popular incel sites.

Mr Zand said: “All signs point to the number of incels growing in this country.

“The membership of the most popular incel forum is growing every year and a portion of those members are British. They are lonely men who have lost their sense of community and the only places they can find community are on these very dark websites.

Untold: The Secret World Of Incels is available to watch now on All4.


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