According to the great and powerful internet dictionary, a man cave, manspace, manland or mantuary is “a room or other part of a home regarded as a refuge for the man of a household.” It’s a male retreat or sanctuary in a home that uses a particular room such as a garage, spare bedroom, media room, den, or basement.
Origin and meaning of the term “Man Cave”
The term man cave is thought to come from the 1993 book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
And Paula Aymer, professor of sociology at Tufts University thinks it might be one of the “last bastions of masculinity. There’s the workplace, going out with the guys, and then their private space at home.”
Aymer says the domestic landscape has changed over the past 40 years. With men and women both working outside the home, house work and child care are no longer just for women. When men are at home, they are apt to spend some time with the whole family or looking after the kids. Both partners occasionally feel the need to retreat, Aymer said. But ”there’s value for a man wanting to declare his space as private, while the woman’s space is open to others in the family.” They need a man cave.
A quick search on Pinterest for man cave yields results that cause both envy and ideas:
Notice a theme here? Basically, a man cave is a room with a pool table, foosball, a wet bar, maybe a poker table, and of course, a huge TV to watch the games. (Or chick flicks as the case may be.)
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