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Why can't we be cool about sex?

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OPINION: Last week, Scott Beierle​ stormed into a yoga studio in Florida and shot dead two women in revenge for all the women who had turned him down in life.

It's the latest in a string of incel attacks, including the infamous Toronto one in April, when Alek Minassian drove a van into a group of pedestrians. That was when the world really sat up and started googling "incel" and discovered the online community that incites involuntarily celibate men to take violent revenge on the women who reject them.

But still, when you hear these cases on the news it's still easy to assume that this wouldn't happen in New Zealand. Mass shootings and acts of terror occur overseas, right?

Well, yes probably. But ...

* Why incels are a danger to everyone
* Verity Johnson: Short step from misogyny to violence
* Inside the mindset of an incel

Incel attackers are misfit men often with personality and anger problems, who get radicalised by a violent, misogynistic online community. Yes, there are uniquely north American issues such as gun control at play here. However factors like mental health, online radicalisation and sexist societal norms aren't contained to America. And after........

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