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Chad (slang)

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A Chad, in internet slang, is generally a sexually active "alpha male".[1] The term has a history of being used by incels and other manosphere groups, though it has also become a slang term across the internet and among adolescents in general to refer to particularly attractive or confident males.[2][3]


The term originated in Chicago[4] and originally referred in a derogatory way to call a young urban American man, typically single and in his twenties or early thirties.[5][better source needed]

It was covered by a satirical website dedicated to the Lincoln Park Chad Society, a fictional social club based in Chicago's upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood.[4] A Chad was originally depicted as originating in Chicago's affluent North Shore suburbs (Highland Park, Evanston, Deerfield, Northbrook, Glenview, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, or Lake Forest), receiving a BMW for his 16th birthday, obtaining a law or business degree from a Big Ten university, belonging to a fraternity, moving to Lincoln Park, marrying a "Trixie", and then moving back to the North Shore suburbs.[6]


The term is used in incel forums to refer to sexually active "alpha males".[7] Within the manosphere, Chads are viewed as constituting the top decile in terms of genetic fitness.[8] In online animation drawings in the manosphere, a Chad is further tagged with the last name Thundercock and is often depicted as muscular with a very pronounced crotch bulge. One such depiction, in the "Virgin vs. Chad" internet meme of the late 2010s, contrasts a introverted and insecure "Virgin" with a muscular and egotistical "Chad".[9] Chads are sometimes portrayed as the opposite to "omega" or "beta" males, and as aesthetically attractive. The term Chad is sometimes used interchangeably with slayer.[10] Due to their characterisation as being genetically gifted and privileged—though sometimes depicted as shallow, air-headed, arrogant, and overtly sexual[11]—the term Chad is used in both a pejorative and complimentary way on incel forums.[12][13]

The female counterpart to the Chad, in slang, is the Stacy,[14][15][16][17] or originally, the Trixie.[18]

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  1. ^ Hines, Alice (May 28, 2019). "How Many Bones Would you Break to get Laid?". The Cut. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Ali, Rasha; Oliver, David; Haneline, Amy (November 15, 2019). "What is a VSCO girl? OK, boomer. A parents' dictionary to teen slang words, sksksksksk". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  3. ^ Dixit, Saumya (July 19, 2020). "Who is the Johnny Bravo cop, why is the Internet obsessed with comparing him to the Chad meme?". MEAWW. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Tracy Swartz (April 24, 2008). "Talk of the town". Chicago Redeye. Retrieved 2 April 2014. But there are terms within this Chi-alect that are specific to the North and South Sides.
  5. ^ Kaduk, Kevin. Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood (NAL Hardcover, 2006) ISBN 978-0-451-21812-4
  6. ^ "» Lifecycle". 15 January 2008. Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Virgin vs Chad Meme Is Taking Over the Entire Internet". 7 November 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  8. ^ Nagle, Angela. "The New Man of 4chan". The Baffler 30 (2016): 64
  9. ^ Hathaway, Jay (January 26, 2021). "Why the Virgin vs. Chad debate is taking over the internet". The Daily Dot. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  10. ^ Marwick, Alice, and Rebecca Lewis. "Media manipulation and disinformation online". New York: Data & Society Research Institute (2017).
  11. ^ Beauchamp, Zack (April 25, 2018). "Incel, the misogynist ideology that inspired the deadly Toronto attack, explained". Vox.
  12. ^ Jennings, Rebecca (April 28, 2018). "Incels Categorize Women by Personal Style and Attractiveness". Vox.
  13. ^ "The 'incel rebellion': did sexual frustration trigger Toronto rampage?". South China Morning Post. April 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Thomas Dane. "People Who Know Chads and Karens Admit How They Feel About Their Names Becoming Insults". George Takei. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  15. ^ Rebecca Jennings (2018-08-28). "Incels Categorize Women by Personal Style and Attractiveness". Vox.
  16. ^ "What is incel? Examining the 'rebellion' praised by Toronto van attack suspect". Global News. 2018-04-25.
  17. ^ Arianna Jeret (2018-04-25). "What Does 'Stacy' Mean? The Odd Way Incel Men On Reddit and 4Chan Use It to Describe Certain Women". Yahoo! Lifestyle.
  18. ^ Clay Risen (August 20, 2001). "Lincoln Park Trixie Society". Flak Magazine. Archived from the original on September 10, 2001. Retrieved May 9, 2019.

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