From the WSJ, a feature on the latest craze for Mr. Business and his monied bro-hams: the mancation!
I have no problem with straight dudes (presumably who the article is talking about) going on trips or adventures together. I don’t think taking separate vacations is necessarily a sign of a couple’s imminent failure. I do think that time with one’s non-spouse friends is important.
But it’s always in the framing, and here the framing seems to be about serious gender policing. Mancations are about gettin’ manly. XTREEEEEEM!!! sports, manly pastimes (why is darts a “guy game”? Me no understand.) and a chance for dudes to “escape what they regard as an increasingly female-dominated world.”
ONOES THE WIMMENZ ARE TAKING OVER!!! WE MUST WHITEWATER RAFT TO COUNTER THEIR PUSSIFYING HER-GEMONY! FIND ME A SHARK TO PUNCH!
I’ve never gone on an all-female vacation (the Dude came to Harpy House last summer), but I don’t think a lot of feminists would regard the occasion as a opportunity to dig deeper into polarized (and polarizing) gender roles. But
Mancation Nation opened last year in Parker, Ariz., on the Colorado River, offering wake-boarding, golf, fishing, simulated dog-fighting in vintage airplanes, tactical-weapons training and a no-women-allowed residence.
The combination of what sounds like a lot of fun (wake boarding!) and fake war-games and “real” (?) weapons training at He-Mancation Woman-Haters’ Club is really pretty disturbing. To be a man is to reject anything remotely female and play at killing other men? I thought that was to be an 9-year-old boy with a unhealthy Rambo fixation.
Paintball is fun, sure. Hanging with old friends is great, truly. Getting away from the daily grind, whatever it is, is probably very healthy. Man-cations may seem new, but positioning one’s partner and/or children as bonerkillers extraordinaire, and homosocial bloodsport as the only way to put the Iron back in your John is just the same old patriarchial bullshit.