According to a recent student op ed, a bro-dude calling a room in his house a “man cave” is not just obnoxious but truly harmful to women and a “disgusting patriarchal myth.”
“While I think it’s perfectly acceptable, and even healthy, to have separate spaces where one can enjoy time alone, the gendered language around ‘man cave’ is pretty gross,” Kalani Ruidas writes in a piece for Golden Gate Xpress, San Francisco State University’s official student newspaper.
(Of course, some people might think that some rooms are called “man caves” just because they’re filled with traditionally “man-like” things. However, intelligent people know that this could not be the case because gender roles obviously do not exist.)
“The sewing room or craft room, to which a woman might retreat, is identified by the action that takes place there,” Ruidas explains.
So the phrase “man cave” is sexist, but saying that a woman’s dream spare room would look similar to a JoAnn Fabrics is not? Okay, got it. Thankfully, we have all of these college kids to teach us the lessons we’d never be smart enough to realize on our own.
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review.