Neckbeard (slang)

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"Neckbeard" is a pejorative term and stereotype for men who exhibit characteristics such as social awkwardness, underachievement or pretentiousness.[1] The term is associated with the currently (2010–present) unfashionable facial hair style known as a neck beard, and by extension, to a stereotype of overweight, unkempt internet users with extreme and unpopular political views.[2][3] The "neckbeard" stereotype is also associated with comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Otaku subculture, animated TV series, and video gaming. The stereotype has often been associated with various communities, including incels,[4] the men's rights movements, and cultural appreciation for countries like Russia and Japan.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Wilcon, Daniel (10 December 2016). "A Thoughtful, Critical Analysis: Am I a Neckbeard?". Study Breaks. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  2. ^ Allegretti, David (2016-11-21). "I Wore a Fedora for a Week to See if It Would Ruin My Life". Vice. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  3. ^ Lauren Rosewarne (25 January 2016). Cyberbullies, Cyberactivists, Cyberpredators: Film, TV, and Internet Stereotypes: Film, TV, and Internet Stereotypes. ABC-CLIO. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-1-4408-3441-7.
  4. ^ Brooke Kushwaha. "Put on Your Thinking Cap: A Hat History". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  5. ^ a b c "How neckbeards have become a screen stereotype". The University of Melbourne. 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2018-09-29.