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Chad (slang)

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A Chad, in derogatory slang, is a young urban American man, typically single and in his 20s or early 30s.[1]


The term originated in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2] It was further covered by a satirical website dedicated to the Lincoln Park Chad Society, a fictional social club based in Chicago's upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood.[2] The female counterpart to the Chad, in slang, is the "Trixie"[3] or "Stacy".[4][5][6][7] 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 Suburbs.[8]


The term was later appropriated in incel forums to refer to sexually active alpha males.[9] Within the manosphere, Chads are viewed as constituting the top decile in terms of genetic fitness.[10] 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.[11] Chads are sometimes portrayed as the opposite to omega or beta males, are portrayed as aesthetically attractive and the term Chad is sometimes used interchangeably with slayer.[12] Due to their characterization as being genetically gifted and privileged, though sometimes depicted as shallow, airheaded, arrogant, and overtly sexual,[13] the term Chad is used in both a pejorative and complimentary way on incel forums.[14][15]

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  1. ^ a b Kaduk, Kevin. Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood (NAL Hardcover, 2006) ISBN 978-0-451-21812-4
  2. ^ a b Tracy Swartz (April 24, 2008). "Talk of the town". Chicago Redeye (Tribune Co.). Retrieved 2 April 2014. But there are terms within this Chi-alect that are specific to the North and South Sides.
  3. ^ Clay Risen (August 20, 2001). "Lincoln Park Trixie Society". Flak Magazine. Archived from the original on September 10, 2001. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Thomas Dane. "People Who Know Chads And Karens Admit How They Feel About Their Names Becoming Insults". George Takei. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  5. ^ Rebecca Jennings (2018-08-28). "Incels Categorize Women by Personal Style and Attractiveness". Vox.
  6. ^ "What is incel? Examining the 'rebellion' praised by Toronto van attack suspect". Global News. 2018-04-25.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "» Lifecycle". 15 January 2008. Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Virgin vs Chad Meme Is Taking Over the Entire Internet". 7 November 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  10. ^ Nagle, Angela. "The New Man of 4chan." The Baffler 30 (2016): 64
  11. ^ Mountford, Joseph (3 September 2015). "Creating Masculinities Online: Bronies and The Red Pill - J.B Mountford". Retrieved 28 April 2018 – via ResearchGate.
  12. ^ Marwick, Alice, and Rebecca Lewis. "Media manipulation and disinformation online." New York: Data & Society Research Institute (2017).
  13. ^ Beauchamp, Zack (April 25, 2018). "Incel, the misogynist ideology that inspired the deadly Toronto attack, explained". Vox.
  14. ^ Jennings, Rebecca (April 28, 2018). "Incels Categorize Women by Personal Style and Attractiveness". Vox.
  15. ^ "The 'incel rebellion': did sexual frustration trigger Toronto rampage?". South China Morning Post. April 25, 2018.

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