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Man Caves: Must-Have or Passing Fad?

A brief, in-office survey has shown that opinions do indeed vary about the “man cave” – most aptly defined as a boys-only meeting space often outfitted with comfy seating, entertainment and a drink station. On the one side, you have people who think of it as a harmless yet necessary sanctuary where men can retreat into their primitive forms (hence the name) and act like apes without being judged by their spouses … or the community at large. On the other, there are those who find the idea to be a bit childish at best, and at worst a complete regression of societal progress. Who decides? Well, today – you do. But, in an attempt to keep things objective we’ll take a look at a few pros and cons. <strong>Pro #1: Legitimate Distraction</strong> Come on, ladies, let’s face it – sometimes you really do want him to <em>just go away</em>. Of course, this feeling resides on a sliding scale and a man-cave addiction is a slippery slope, but it’s an inarguable luxury to know that he has a place he can go that isn’t all up in your biz – whining about work, whining about the incompetent contractor, whining about the passing of his glory days … <strong>Con #1: Sexist!</strong> Boys only – really? <em>Really and truly? </em>Okay, so maybe “sexist” is a bit strong, but we’ve come a long way since women’s suffrage, the Civil Rights Act, Title IX and all that other amazing stuff, and it’s probably time to let go of all the secret-handshake nonsense. Besides, girls are <em>cool</em>, man. It may sound crazy, but your dirty manhole may actually benefit from a classier kind of patron. <strong>Pro #2: Disaster Neutralizer   </strong> And, speaking of dirty … it’s far better to keep the mess in your basement (or your garage, or wherever) than in your living room. You remember the last time that bowl of hot nacho-cheese dip went sliding off the end of the <a title="Coffee Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/coffee-tables_1021.html" target="_blank">coffee table</a>? Yeah, that was a great day! But, it wasn’t half as good as when that pizza got stuck to the ceiling of the man cave, because that’s the alpha gorilla’s problem. <strong>Con #2: Cul-de-Sac Superstar</strong> It’s a scientific fact that other non-man-cave-having-dudes can smell an operating man cave anywhere within a 10-block radius, depending on which way the wind’s blowing. And, most guys with man caves are of the type who can’t resist showing them off. This, obviously, can lead to any number of full-blown catastrophes, not least of which is attracting tailgaters who magically morph into couch surfers at the drop of a remote. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> wants you to vote. Are man caves here to stay, or have they already passed their expiration date? [poll id="25"]
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