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The Case Against Man Caves

February 27th, 2016 by Vader

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February 27th, 2016 11:24:52
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Ivan Wolfe
February 28, 2016

Not sure I get it.

The line “Women, apparently, are not such fragile snowflakes that they need their own room to express themselves. After all, she has the kitchen, right?” shows a serious misunderstanding of what’s going on.

Men want a man cave, at least the men I know who have one (I have no desire for one), because men have been exiled from the house, basically (who makes the decisions about the decorating, the placement of furniture, the color schemes, the kitsch on display? In every room, the female). The female controls all the rooms, and the man has nowhere to go. It’s basically men saying “give me at least one room!”

I get the idea to push back against juvenile maleness, but the author of that piece has such a dim view of men in general, he’s part of the problem.


Zen
February 28, 2016

The only masculinity recognized in the world, is the toxic juvenile sort or the hyper-exaggerated jock/playboy sort. All others are not thought of.

I have recently become married in the last year, and I have to say, my wife does a lot to make the house a home. That said, I really look forward to having a space where I can spread out my books and papers, and electronics, etc. That is a good thing to have.


Bruce Charlton
February 29, 2016

The concept sound like a typical media invention – but insofar as it has any reality it probably relates to the decline in serious hobbies. A husband’s personal space has usually been either a study or a workshop.

Here in Northumberland, among working class men it was a ‘cree’ or makeshift shed located on an ‘allotment’ where vegetables were grown and small animals kept – either for eating, or for competitive showing – eg. leeks for showing and pigeons for racing were traditional pastimes.

Now that such activities have all-but disappeared men perhaps want an equivalent space; but it would now be purely for various types of self-indulgence – which might include machines for body-building/ drug-taking aimed at looks (rather than functionality).


Andrew
February 29, 2016

I’m allotted the basement and garage.


Vader
February 29, 2016

My meditation chamber is a study, of sorts. I keep a quite substantial library in and around it.

There is no female intrusion. But then, there’s no male intrusion, either, except in emergency.

Unless you count the cats.

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