One bemusing aspect of the modern zeitgeist is how materially poor people are objects of sympathy and compassion while sexually poor people–specifically men–are objects of ridicule and disdain. This is so even though there is a fair amount of overlap between the two (to avoid racial confounding, only non-Hispanic whites are shown and data are from 2000 onward for contemporary relevance):
Sexual frustration is probably even worse for a man’s mental health than frustration about money is. Maybe the leading edge of the cultural revolution can pivot in an unexpected direction and, after mopping up the last of the transgender resistance, push to destigmatize men who have a hard time getting laid.
Parenthetically, some percentage of these men are voluntarily celibate to a degree. The incel-volcel distinction is not a binary one, though–unless we’re talking about pious monks, I suppose. Men who go their own way often do so because the cost-benefit analysis reveals doing so to be a reasonable way to go. It doesn’t mean that if they were somehow offered an effortless, no-strings-attached fling with a stunner that they’d pass on the opportunity.
GSS variables used: SEXFREQ(0), CLASS, RACECEN1(1), HISPANIC(1), YEAR(2000-2018), SEX(1)