Of all the things that make me distinctly a man, The Man Cave is one I am extremely proud of. The man cave is a place where I can go to be alone. I can work on projects, play video games, sleep in my recliner, or really whatever I want to do. I can separate myself from all the noise, stress and static of life, including my wife and children when I so desire, and be me. Even Superman had his Fortress of Solitude. I’m no Superman, but I have my man cave.
Some of you may not know what a man cave is. Let me explain this wondrous concept to you! A man cave can be many things, but in essence is a dedicated area of the house where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends. It is meant to be a place where a guy can clear his head and reflect.
My man cave is the den of our home. When I started looking for a house to buy, then den was billed as an extra bedroom, complete with a folding-door closet. I bought the house, removed the folding doors, placed a large TV in that space along with my video games, and turned it into my office. When the doors shut to the office, it becomes my man cave.
I’ve noticed that a lot of well-educated women have theorized about the importance of the man cave. They speak of it as the “last bastion of masculinity” as if men are under attack and we have all retreated to the last place women haven’t taken from us. I reject this theory, but only because my wife isn’t around to slap me and put me back in my place.
Most of the time, the term “man cave” is described as a place where a man can go and decorate without fear of a woman’s designing sensibilities. For me however, the design and decor is really not a concern. My concern is that I have a place to be alone. I want to keep to myself and think and work alone when I want to. Sure, I’d appreciate no pink things, flowers, or puppy dogs in my man cave, but that isn’t the main point.
Some insist that the term man cave has negative connotations, indicating a place where men retreat to live more primitively. These people believe that a more politically correct name would be “man space” or “male area” or something like that. Those two terms look sissy at first glance, and become dirty and borderline obscene when you think about them for too long… as I have while creating this post. Long live the term man cave! That is the term I prefer, as I am a proud man and man cave strikes me as much more manly.
Is it wrong that I pee around the edges of my man cave to mark my territory and to make sure that rivals and unwanted guests stay away?
Just kidding. I would never do that. Seriously. I do get pretty upset when others hang out in my man cave uninvited, though (yes, honey… invited by me).