Meredith Pruden


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Identity Construction in a Misogynist Incels Forum
Michael Yoder | Chloe Perry | David Brown | Kathleen Carley | Meredith Pruden
The 7th Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms (WOAH)

Online communities of involuntary celibates (incels) are a prominent source of misogynist hate speech. In this paper, we use quantitative text and network analysis approaches to examine how identity groups are discussed on, the largest black-pilled incels forum. We find that this community produces a wide range of novel identity terms and, while terms for women are most common, mentions of other minoritized identities are increasing. An analysis of the associations made with identity groups suggests an essentialist ideology where physical appearance, as well as gender and racial hierarchies, determine human value. We discuss implications for research into automated misogynist hate speech detection.