Investigative journalist Naama Kates dives deep inside the incel community. Incel is shorthand for involuntary celibate. Follow Naama's journey. Contact Naama: theincelproject@gmail.com https://twitter.com/IncelProject https://twitter.com/naamakates Check out these great shows from Crawlspace Media: Missing Maura Murray: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/missing-maura-murray/id1006974447 Crawlspace: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crawlspace-true-crime-mysteries/id1187326340 True Crime Twins: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-twins/id1459114107 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/incel/support
Rating:   10
Well-written and brave

This is a bold idea and has made me rethink a lot of my own positions. The writing and audio are amazing. The people leaving bad reviews about this have some nerve. Incredible job by Crawlspace Media, Namma Kates, and the guests.

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gaaakkk
Sep 1
Rating:   6
Really bad audio, interviews WAY too long

The first episode was really good, but the other ones are very drawn out. The interviews are way too long, and most of them contain no relevant information but rather the interviewers long winded responses/opinions. The audio is also horrible, it’s really hard to understand the people who are being interviewed, and the audio volume jumps up and down a lot. Very interesting idea but not well done so far.

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nattieelena
Aug 31
Rating:   2
So much potential, yet.....

Being extremely interested in this topic I was very disappointed at some of the lackluster content as well as the terrible audio. Seeing as how the only way to engage in this content is by listening I really wish that the creator would find a better way to deliver the content because the audio is really hard to get by.

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Aidi805
Aug 30
Rating:   6
Disappointed

I really enjoyed the first episode. Had to stop listening to the 2nd one because it was just one long rambling interview.

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Evil Dobbins
Aug 30
Rating:   6
Too dry for me..

I really wanted to like this, but it’s just too boring for me. I really like the idea and the topic but the presentation is just too focused on interviews Instead of revealing more interesting information.

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JeniWhyWontReviewsGoThru
Aug 29
Rating:   10
Difficult topic handled with care

I applaud the host for taking on this difficult topic. I think many of the criticisms are generally biases toward the INCEL community rather than a criticism of the podcast itself. Yes, audio could be better, but episode one of most podcasts that are not professionally produced have audio issues that get ironed out. And this drive-thru/fast food need of ours to cut up interviews into bite-sized hunks that provide some “gotcha” or “aha” moment is a bit gross. She’s a human talking to other humans about a community that very well could be generally misunderstood. You don’t have to be harsh to ask tough questions and I think that’s what some listeners are disappointed by: her empathy and clear desire to understand rather than judge. Those are the qualities that draw me to this podcast.

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CabbageSauce
Aug 27
Rating:   10
so far so good.

I like it, it's the only piece on this topic that doesn't paint incels as an entire community of mass shooters in waiting, and a lot of the negative reviews here that claim it's not balanced are really upset that so far, the podcast is not: "incels are homophobic, racist, mysogonist, who are just waiting to go on a killing spree and we interview them so that we can tell them that they are homophobic, racist, mysogonist, who are just waiting to go on a killing spre"This would be a useless podcast and there are tons of places on the internet where you can get this if that’s what you’re looking for.anyone thinking she's making these guys look good may have their views skewed by constantly being in their echo chamber about these incels

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nameforappreviews
Aug 26
Rating:   6
Could Have Been Great

I had high expectations, but some distractions have prevented enjoyment. I had to stop episode 4 short because the interviewee sounded as if his head were covered by a bucket, making his voice both obnoxious and difficult to understand. The sound quality overall has not been great, and interviews have been too long. Interviews would serve better as edited pieces cohesively woven together. The narrator has an unfortunate lisp I also cannot get past. I know, a downfall of my own, not hers, but another small flaw stacked on several others. I will stay tuned in hopes for improved sound and cohesiveness.

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Communist Harlot
Aug 24
Rating:   2
Doesn’t live up to promise

I was so, so excited for this podcast, but it doesn’t live up to the promise of the trailer. The episodes that have been posted thus far don’t ask the hard questions about the community. The host doesn’t challenge any of the beliefs of those she interviews and the rampant misogyny and racism of many of these groups. I think there was a better and more balanced way to do this podcast.

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constellationsforgood
Aug 23
Rating:   4
I wanted to like it...

Just doesn’t feel like a fully fleshed out story— there’s no hinting at a full story arc, just lots of rambling interviews that probably needing cutting down for time/ relevance.

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Only Sane Floridian
Aug 23
Rating:   2
Interesting topic with terrible delivery.

This interesting topic couldn’t be more poorly delivered. The host lacks focus and the editors, if they exist, need to wake up. The interviews are entirely too long and lack coherence. The sound quality and her juvenile voice, thick with vocal fry, add bad icing to an even worse cake. A typical venture for Crawlspace, which seems to severely need direction and better writing.

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Dysfunctionalglee
Aug 22
Rating:   10
Eye opening

This is something everyone needs to give a chance. Open your mind and just listen because it’s an important story.

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Evangeline NOLA
Aug 20
Rating:   10
Fresh take on incel communities

This podcast is extremely interesting and informative. It’s understandably easy to dismiss all incels as being misogynist/Elliot Rodger types waiting to take revenge for their shortcomings on the rest of society. There’s no denying that a huge amount of misogyny exists in these online forums and that some incels have gone on to commit terroristic acts but “Incel” takes the time and effort to understand on a deeper level. And this is important. There’s absolutely no excusing hate towards women or men (there are also women in these incel communities as well) but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make efforts to listen to the very people so many fear. It’s important to note that this is not the equivalent of permitting hateful and harmful behavior when it arises. Allowing people to become so isolated without taking the time to understand how this happens may lead in dangerous directions and result negative repercussions on society as a whole. “Incel” is simply a part of a larger effort to understand why people do what they do and why they become who they become. Do give this one a listen :)

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Sparklee75
Aug 19
Rating:   10
It’s about listening...

Naama Kates isn’t here to judge, save, persuade, or confront her guests. She is listening to them, and I think that’s what she’s asking us to do too. Whether or not we like what they say, these are real people sharing their minds. This isn’t about entertainment, it’s about getting past sensationalism and is an invitation for us to get a glimpse at a community of people we probably don’t understand as well as we think we do. I find it brave and interesting.

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Elena gilbert1863
Aug 19
Rating:   2
Where we going with this?

What are we trying to find out? There really is no clear expectations. Not holding my interest. Ill check back eventually to see if the point emerges.

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Koala khan
Aug 19
Rating:   10
Worth the listen

A salient subject that is worth the listen. If you’re like me, you might feel some anger/frustration about incels in general, but the emotional labor of understanding is important. Also, re: episode 2 - addiction and depression are illnesses, even if you dislike the label/community they have chosen to associate themselves with. Remember that.

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Connie 11
Aug 19
Rating:   6
Important topic, but poor delivery

I think this issue is so important these days and I appreciate that there is a podcast showing a compassionate and deep dive into this community. That said, I think that the journalist lacks confidence to make any bold statements and lets the interviewees steer the topic too off course. She is too deferential and seems unsure of her words to the point of nervous laughing after responding. She has a good narrative voice and is professional in her questioning, but has lots of room for improvement in the editing and flow of the interviews. The second episode with the drugcel was terrible. Why would you fill up nearly an hour with an interview with someone who is admittedly high and clearly incoherent?! The episode with sergeant incel was a much better subject, but still lacking direction and didn’t have any provocative questions. They just end up agreeing a lot with each other instead of building on top of each other’s ideas or having a debate which does not make for a thought provoking podcast.

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Teacher808
Aug 17
Rating:   4
Loud Music

I just spent five minutes trying to fix my computer, thinking that there was an additional music stream playing accidently and interfering with the conversation. WTH?

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Benicantthinkofanything
Aug 12
Rating:   4
Good idea, not a great start as far as execution

I agree with the idea that genuinely listening to these people and showing compassion to those who have been (or at least, have felt they have been) denied it for so long is a step in the right direction. However, I don’t see this podcast doing that. The entire second episode of this podcast was a drunken self piteous tirade presented as an honest confession of vulnerability regarding an incel’s “trauma” (a term the host taught him and one we can only expect will be appropriated to further legitimize and defend the beliefs and actions of these “poor victimized men”). After he’s done, the host says he’s said so much to clear up all the misconceptions people have about this community. Um, what? Because he said he’s not racist and then cited his reasoning as a very technical explanation of why people have different color skin? Sorry, but that’s like him saying he’s not sexist because it would be silly to hate women just because they (usually) have two X chromosomes. And yet, here we are. Hoping this gets better.

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KTandOti
Aug 9
Rating:   10
Timely and crucial

I've only just recently heard about Incels and watched a mini doc on it that focused on the sensationalism of this sub culture. I am so glad I started listening to this podcast and am impressed with Naama Kates balanced approach to it. It would be very easy to dismiss or laugh at those that identify as incels, but we will never really move forward until we start humanising others. Wish I had more episodes to binge on. Look forward to listening to more epsiodes. Subscribe and listen now!

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