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    THE ULTIMATE MAN CAVE
 
THE MAN CAVE
 
A man cave, is a male sanctuary, such as a specially equipped garage, spare bedroom, or basement. It is a metaphor describing a room inside the house where "guys can do as they please" without fear of upsetting any female in the nearby vicinity.
While a wife or girlfriend may have substantial authority over a whole house regarding design, decoration and function, she generally has no say about what gets "placed in or mounted on the walls" of a man's personal space.
Man caves have multiple purposes: they are a place to be alone, to be away from women and from female sensibilities, to indulge in hobbies, and to hang out with male friends. It is, loosely, a male-only space to retreat to watch the rugby, play video games, drink beers and challenge their friends at pool or table tennis.
According to psychiatrist and author Scott Haltzman, it is important for a man to have a place to call his own, referring to a male area to which to retreat. Some psychologists claim that a man cave can provide refuge from stressful surroundings and be beneficial to marriage. Rules are relaxed; it is a place where other people's sensibilities about standards of cleanliness are not necessarily observed; as one man said, "You spill a beer there or leave your $5.99 Toni Pepperoni behind the couch, well, who cares?".
In a sense, for married men, it is a way to recreate some of the space and freedom of their bachelor days since it was like a "pad" similar in feeling to their first flat or Uni Bar where people could come and go "as if they owned the place." It is where a man doesn't have to be on his best behaviour, where no women are around, and where "no one is going to make you watch your p's and q's" and "no one is going to ask you to explain yourself"

Men have had an identity problem since the women's movement. They have tried to figure out who they're supposed to be. For a while women wanted them to be more sensitive, so they were more sensitive. Then women wanted them to be more manly. One of the things I discovered is when men have their own Man Cave, what they put inside of it is really an expression of who they are. A Man Cave is about establishing an identity for a man. Our mutual understanding is that women have control of the look and the feel of the house and that left guys wanting more.

The advantages of a self-contained room are that male-oriented design choices, such as "huuuuge tv's" and "Bottles displaying those times you drank something expensive", are out of sight of women, but in a way that doesn't disturb female sensibilities since visitors generally don't visit the man cave. Unless they are delivering food.
According to several sources, the general architectural and design trend is for men to take traditionally male-only spaces, and enhance them with improvements and masculine aesthetic choices. Man caves can be equipped with accessories such as refrigerators, spacie machines, Ping Pong Tables, musical instruments including gear such as microphone stands and amplifiers, pool tables, boxing rings, a fridge with a keg in it and of course an unnecessarily large tv.

 A man cave may also be fitted out with a bar and sports memorabilia such as trophies you won when you were fit and much thinner.
Upscale sports-themed furnishings are also available to outfit a man cave. These rooms are also often decorated by the male, with little or no female influence. A big screen television is useful for watching sports games with the associates. Since it is an area set off from the rest of the house, it's possible to make noise or yell at the television, without fear of reprisals from a wife, girlfriend and in some unusual situations, your mother.

Some anthropologists have speculated that these spots are a place for men to bond before hunting or war, and where they can "drink beers, talk shit or drop their guts". A place where they can tell the same embellished stories over and over again without being judged.
A place they can truly call their own.
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