"Neckbeard" is a pejorative term and stereotype for men who exhibit characteristics such as social awkwardness, underachievement or pretentiousness. The term is associated with the currently (2014-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. The "neckbeard" stereotype is also associated with comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Otaku subculture, My Little Pony and certain games such as PC gaming. The stereotype has often been associated with various communities, including incels and men's rights movements.
In popular culture
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- Allegretti, David (2016-11-21). "I Started Wearing a Fedora to See if it Would Ruin My Life". Vice. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
- Caffier, Justin (2017-02-09). "Every Insult the Left Uses to Troll Conservatives, Explained". Vice. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
- 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.
- Furino, Giaco (2014-08-20). "Dungeons & Dragons Is Officially Cool Again". Vice. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
- Brooke Kushwaha. "Put on Your Thinking Cap: A Hat History". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
- Emmett Rensin (2015-08-18). "The internet is full of men who hate feminism. Here's what they're like in person". Vox. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
- "How neckbeards have become a screen stereotype". The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2018-09-29.