Here in this newfangled age of 2010, lots of couples live together, even before they tie the knot. But married or not, it seems like when men live with women they need their own dedicated space—the mancave. One Staffer remarks on this phenomenon, thinks about why, and shares some attributes that the common mancave must have.
“When my friends started moving in with their significant others, I noticed that quite a few couples let there be a designated area of the apartment/house just for the guy. Then I got to thinking about WHY?! Is it because girls, being the (for the most part…) neat, homemaking creatures are supposed to decorate and ‘own’ the whole rest of the house when we live with a man (cue frilly curtains and picking out all the wall art)?
Here’s what I’ve gathered from the mancaves I’ve snuck into: they are indeed mancaves—like, places where boys act as barbaric as can be. For the most part, mancaves include a fairly large TV, if not several. The TV (s) is (are) preferably as large as possible and in the form of a flat-screen. The TV is used to watch sports, play as many gory video games as possible and watch porn.
There must be a fridge directly in the cave or right outside. The fridge is stocked with a lot of beer, and maybe a few bottles of cheap alcohol—like Wild Turkey whiskey and Gordon’s vodka. Food in the mancave consists of leftover pizza (never refrigerated, just left out for later), bacon-flavored sunflower seeds (these exist) and last week’s dishes with leftover sauce encrusted into the shape of a guitar (true story).
Décor includes sports memorabilia like flags, hats and jerseys for a chosen team in every single sport. Equipment for sports actually played also count as ‘decorations.’ Pictures of scantily clad women may adorn the wall and neon lights are not uncommon. Pool tables, ping-pong tables, beer pong tables, air hockey tables and foosball tables may also be likely. Activities include intense competitions on said tables, raucous beer drinking, plus the watching of porn and sports, and playing video games.
…So when I think of these man caves, I say let them be. What better way to get a guy completely out of my clean living room with that slovenly box of Domino’s? Do I really want him to watch some sports recap best-of game from 1985 when Keeping Up With the Kardashians is on? No. Give him a mancave.”
GIRL TALK TIME: Does your guy have his own space? Why do guys want their own separate habitats? Where does he have it? What does it have in it? Are you for or against mancaves? What really baffles you about guy’s living habits?