Alana is an artist, consultant, and queer female who was the first known person to start a self-described incel community.
In 1997, she abbreviated the term 'involuntary celibacy', to "invcel", and a member of a mailing list she ran further abbreviated it to "incel". She was also a major catalyst for academic recognition of incel.
Her incel listserv kicked off 17 years of subsequent, like-minded incel discussion communities. All of these subsequent communities adopted her gender inclusive, feminist, and calm style. Later, more toxic incel forums emerged.
Alana's Involuntary Celibacy Project
Alana started the Free-Net website Alana's Involuntary Celibacy Project during 1997 to fuel academic research into involuntary celibacy, to present incel as a movement equivalent to black/gay liberation, and kickstart the first known self-identified incel community, initially taking the form of an email listserv.
The media attributed her handing off the forum community to LGBT identity realization. Contrary to their claims, Alana started publicly identifying as LGBT before she even created the incel mailing list.
Her Opinion of Modern Forums
Alana hates the state of current incel forums and likes to avoid talking about them or it's members, seemingly viewing them as a conspiratorial, evil, non-human force of her accidental 'creation.' She stated that she doesn't visit the boards but also that she knows that the people on them are good looking... somehow. Alana has also stated many times that she also does not like the 'incelphobic' boards like inceltears because she thinks they help fuel the negativity of the modern incel forums. She also doesn't like them for their bullying nature, reminding her of the virgin and single shaming that made her want to start her 1997 project in the first place.
Her Disowning of the Word
She implied on a podcast that since 1997 feminists have told her that the word she has come up with is problematic and inherently sexist because it puts disproportionate weight on women and puts women in an oppressive position. Alana has been looking for alternative words that now instead put most of the blame on the individual, for example that they don't go outside to meet people enough, even if the reason they are staying inside is because no one wants them. So what used to be something she compared to the Gay Rights movement in the late 90s should now be a self-help sort of thing in her mind.
She felt a bit of guilt and responsibility after the couple mass shootings in which the perpetrator had at some point mentioned the word 'incel' in internet postings. Because of this, and perhaps a lack of anything to do, she created a new site dedicated to researching incel, called "LoveNotAnger", a project she hoped would become its own forum (-cough- -mere singles group- -cough-).
For a while this was a full-time job for her despite barely anything being posted on the forum, possibly because of a book she was writing. On the LoveNotAnger listserv, Alana was staunchly feminist, banning not only people who break the rules of her site but also anyone who doesn't believe in feminism, and hiring a paid moderator to approve only posts that follow certain guidelines.
In multiple interviews, Alana refers to one or two men who approached her about their virginity and dating difficulty while she was a blue beaner and that being an inspiration for the creation of her forum. She repeatedly now refers to this as, "harassing behavior". To get around the mental roadblock of being against toxic masculinity... and at the same time viewing men talking openly about their deepest feelings as harassment, she now advocates for men to discuss their sexual problems, just not to anyone except a therapist (lol, so helpful /sarcasm).
Alana is an alumna of the Ontario College of Art & Design University.
She was also a faculty member of gender studies at her HexaSexual Institute.
Alana was also Member at Large on behalf of the Steering Committee for the organization Queer Ontario.
Nowadays she works as a business consultant.
Alana also created the term, "hexasexual", which refers to a half-satirical philosophy that rejects monogamy as stifling free human association, and promotes 6 new non-binary genders represented by art pieces. She states that hexasexuals generally share art rather than pornography.
Alana has created many drawings and paintings during her life, and has taken art classes before. Alana's 2020 drawings are focused on purple colors, bubble-like shapes, and visuals depicting digital technology equipment.
Among Alana's 2020s paintings include
- Bubbilicious, 2021
- Bubbles, 2020
Among Alana's visual artpieces include
- Soundblaster Collage, 2020
- Surfacing Patterns, 2020
- Night Painting with Light, 2020
Connect 2 hope (defunct)
Support for lonely people without dating experience. Existed 2020-2021
Love not Anger (stalled)
Her LoveNotAnger project stalled after Alana stated she was leaving the topic for her mental health
- https://twitter.com/LoveNotAnger ("Twitter")
- https://sites.google.com/view/LoveNotAnger (first LoveNotAnger Website, with link to now defunct listserv)
- https://www.lovenotanger.org/ (second LoveNotAnger Website)
"Hexasexual Institute" fake school, sole member
Her current twitter (not doxxing, it's public and she says she self-identifies as the 'incel' creator on it):
- Alana's Involuntary Celibacy Project
- Love Not Anger
- Bella Freeman
- Astral Liberation Army
- Dawn again