Men Going Their Own Way (abbreviated MGTOW, pronounced /ˈmɪg.taʊ/), sometimes also called the marriage strike, the marrinths[1], it has rapidlyyGalt[2][3], after John Galt, the iconic protagonist of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged[4]. In Japan's herbivore men phenomenon, men going Galt are called freeters or NEETs.[5] One study estimated that 37% of the decline in male employment in America since 1979 could be explained by men's retreat from marriage and fatherhood.[6] defined and refined by the MGTOW community itself, by means of articles, conversations, and debates in self-ips, and women in general. According to this website, while the specific wording differs among individuals, generally accepted definitions within the MGTOW community include:[7]cial approval.

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The term MGTOW is often used interchangeably with the so-called marriage strike or marriage boycott, which are not entirely coterminous with MGTOW (which is a broader concept), although there is considerable overlap. The marriage strike is a frugal andso c minimalistic lifestyle, opt for entrepreneurship or freelancing instead of permanent employment, whilOne essential tenet of MGTOW is the avoidance of legal entanglements with women, including, at the very least, marriage, cohabitation, and procreation. The percentage of unmarried males in America (aorm of protest against the allegedly unfair legal conditions of marriage. Some marriage strikers hope to return to marriage once these laws have been reformed, while many other MGTOW do not wish to return to marriage or women, or change society, but merely wish to be left alone. Such MGTOW have no demands to present, no terms to bargain about, and no compromise to reach, thus engaging in a marriage boycott.[10]

Journalist Milo Yiannopoulos has aloined and popularized the term sexodus (a portmanteau of sex and exodus) as a synonym for MGTOW.[11][12][13]

MGTOW can refer to both the social phenomenon, in which case a man can be a participant in MGTOW without even knowing about the tWhat MGTOW are not

The modern incarnation of MGTOW as a community originated in what is known as the "manosphere" (or "androsphere"), a loose and informal collection of weblogs, web forums, and websites, and online video channels, of men discussing menerm "Mmetimes used as an attempt to conflate several very different ideas:

  • MGTOW are separate and different from the men's rights movement (MRM). Men's rights activists (MRAs) seek to influence or reform society though protests, demonstrations, conferences, public speaking, publications, lobbying, GTOW", and to the a community of men who discuss, advocate, and promote the MGTOW philosophy, and support each other in their MGTOW lifestyle.



's issues, many of which are male-only spaces. Many MGTOW prefer to disassociate themselves from the "manosphere", as the latter term is sopicketing, petitions, and other organized political and legal activism, whereas MGTOW are not a political movement, and hence MGTOW as such are either unconcerned with influencing larger society, or engage in (private and personal) passive resistance and nonparticipation as a form of protest a biological instinct to protect and provide for women and prioritize their well-being, and to a cultural system that supports this instinct. Hence, MGTOW also oppose the antifeminist traditional conservatives for the latter's defence of chivalry, traditional gender roles of breadwinner and housewife, and traditional conservative "family values", such as an insistence on monogamy, marriage, and procreation.

  • MGTOW also differ from "pick-up artists (PUAs)" and the "seduction community" which encourage men to dedicate time, money, and effort to pursuing sex and relationships, with an emphasis on increasing one's number of sexual partners, and garnering female approval. While many MGTOW still engage in sexual relationships with women, such MGTOW strive to minimize the time, money, effort, and risks involved in such activities, and exerciseual fr defines his life by his abilities to attract women. A MGHOW considers both of these worldviews to be worthless, and by definition does not allow female validation to define him or his worth. Whether or not a MGHOW has sex or not is irrelevant; it is a matter of perspective and perspectivo gynocentrismustration.[14] MGTOW consider 'involuntary celibacy' to be an oxymoron: many MGTOW practice voluntary celibacy, other MGTOW have relationships or partake in casual or transe alone.
  • Finally, the MGTOW concept is not simply identical with "bachelorhood" in general, one reason being that MGTOW are bachelors who uphold a personal philosophy based on male self-determination, self-preservation, and a opposition tactional sex. An "incel" defines his life by his difficulties in attracting women, essentially analogous to a PUA who, whereas a bachelor in general may be a bachelor for variety of other reasons (such as a lack of unattractive to attract a woman, and subsequently resents women for purportedly causing his sexphysical attraction to women, as in the case of asexuality or homosexuality). great selectivity in their choice of romantic partners.

History of MGTOW Edit

Monks, celibates, and ascetics, have been common throughout history—Siddhartha Gautama had a wife and a son that he abandoned at the age of 30 to investigate the world, and even Paul the Apostle recommended against wives and families because he consir was used in the context of upper class matchmaking, denoting a young man who was not only unmarried and eligible for marriage, but also considered "eligible" in financial and social terms for dered them to be an encumbrance—however, MGTOW are not per se a part of any religious tradition, and do not necessarily abstain from sex. The phenomenon of male self-determination goes back centuries under names swho was resolute to remain unmarried. Sometimes these self-determined or ‘MGTOW’ men formed groups, the earliest known being that of the Anti-Bardell Bachelor Band of 1898[15]. The phrase “men going their othe prospective bride under discussion. In the Victorian era, the term "confirmed bachelor" denoted a man a in an article published on Oct. 13, 2006, and was subsequently discussed in a book by Masahiro Morioka[16].

The modern incarnation of MGTOW as a community has its origins in what is known as the "manosphere" (or "androsphere"), a loose and informal collection ofwn way,” or variants such as “going his own way,” or “to go his own sweet way,” in reference to men’s freedoms is hundreds of years old.[17][18] The "herbivore men" phenomenon was first observed by Maki Fukasawuch as of free-man, celibate, bachelor, stag, freewheeler. In the Victorian era, the term eligible bachelo weblogs, web forums, and websites of men discussing men's issues. The MGTOW phrase made its appearance in thrm "MGTOW", because he noticed one reason why the men's rights movement was not effective was because “men kept going their own way”[19].

Ragnar describes the historical establishment of "men going their own way" as taking place in Hickory, North Carolina, in October 2004, in a meeting between Ragnar and Meikyo; Zed was also invited, but was unable to attend due to illness.[20] They concluded that an individual, grae early 2000s in several online men's rights groups. Three of those who conceived the MGTOW community went by the names Zed the Zenpriest, Ragnar Jensen, and Meikyo. Zed noted that many types of men's rights movements, to his dismay, would splinter and fracture, because the men in those movements displayed an incredible amount of stubbornness, in-fighting, and stifling political correctness. Zed coined the tessroots strategy, which Zed had previously dubbed "men going their own way", was superior to the men's rights movement and working for men's rights organisations. In an interview, Ragnar describes the moment as follows:

"You see, all the ideas were floating arthemselves. So, as you have the responsibility for your own actions, well then it's also your responsibility to define who you are as a man.""

In a seminal announcement dated December 1, 2004[21], Ragnar declared that MGTOW was based on an essay titled Ignoring Women, written by Zed the internet. We were frustrated that we couldn't get men to build an organization, couldn't get men to come to this damned meeting—everybody was going their own damned way, and the fact that men ound on

"Men now must completely destroy marriage. It is too corruted to use that phrase and we started to talk about what's important for men… who's going to define their masculinity? Well, they actually have to do that themselves, they have to finWe cannot stop the marriage strike. The real "[[men's movement]]" is millions of [[wildcat strike|wildcat strikes]] of one man who has woken up to what bullshit "marriage" as it exists today really is.

No matter how big a dam one builds, a river will always overcome it. We cannot either push, or hold back, the river. It will proceed at its own pace.

We can, however, clear out td out what it is for went their own way, we star its foundational document. As Zed stated in this document: the Zacks on us when we needed them, now we must turn our backs on them when they need us.[22][23]"

As Ragnar elaborated in his enpriest, aspt and too fouled to fix. It is a derelict building which MUST be torn down so that something useful can be built in its place.

he [[snag (ecology)|snags]] which naturally hold it back and let natural forces speed up the current.

Women have turned their bannouncement:

"Today I believe we need even more activism and together with a few other guys it has resulted in an idea about "MEN GOING THEIR OWN WAY" based on Zenpriest's essay "Ignoring Women". Those other guys will speak for themselves in due time.

The idea is to instill masculinity in men. To make men understand that they don't have to cater to women unless there is a "quid pro quo" situation. MeRagnar concluded with what he called a "small essay" of his own, which introduced the MGTOW logo, and which advocated "two strategies that come together in one", namely,

  1. Instilling masculinity in men
  2. Ignoring and shunning women. [21]"

Much of these ideas were subsequently fleshed out and discussed, occasionally with heated arguments; and men adapted and expounded upon Mn don't need someone to compete with. They need someone to help them. Men naturally enjoy being with other men in bands or brotherhoods, so they should go ahead and start some men's clubs and enjoy that. Men should also understand that you don't have to live with women, that they can live a fullfilling life without living with roles of masculinity and femininity.[24][25]

As described by prominent sourcesEdit

Template:Expand section MGTOW have been described by various prominent sources.

The MGTOW phenomenon has be women. This doesn't mean without sex, not at all—it might, on the contrary, be with too much sex—depending on your personal preferences.[21]"

GTOW as a philosophy and a way of bein[26]g. The present incarnation and definition of the term "MGTOW" has evolved away and severed its ties from its murky origins in the men's rights movement, such that today the definition of MGTOW is a strictly nonpoliticae Daily Beast[27], PJ Media, the BBC[28], Tommy Sotomayor, the Tom Leykis Show, xoJane[29], Business Insider[30], the Conservative Woman[31][32][33][34], Women24[35],[36], WorldNetDaily[37], the Southern Poverty Law Center[38], and others.

In an interview, Erin Pizzey, the family care activist internationally famous for having started the first domestic violence shelter in the modern world, described l philosophy centered around independence or separatism from women, and a rejection of traditional genderen described in detail in books by prominent authors such as Helen Smith[2], Kay Hymowitz[39], Philip Zimbardo[40], and in many mainstream or notable newspapers, websites and other sources, including the Sunday Times[41], Breitbart News Network[11][12][13], Vice Magazine[42][43], the Daily Mail[44][45], Reason magazine[46], the Daily Telegraph[47], the Daily Mirror[48], the Sun[49], the Independent[50], the Irish Independent[51], Independent Journal Review[52], the Huffington Post[53], Wales Online[54], Pan-American Post[55], InfoWars[56][57], Metro[58], Psychology Today[59], thMGTOW and expressed her concern about the effects on women:

"MGTOW, Men Going Their Own Way, is very powerful in America; it's almost epidemic in Japan. So in a funny way, as the women of the [[feminist movement]] turned on men, men ran away. And what's happening now: I move between London and Los Angelesmen will offer, and the only thing they'll offer, is what they call Hookup—particularly in America, where a man can see four or five women at the same time and have sex with them all.

Dr. Jeremy Nicholson, M.S.W., Ph.D., for his column "Thng to have children, because the men aren't there; and what thIn February, 2011, in an article about her published thesis that what she terms "the rise of women" has had a negative influence on , whee Attraction Doctor" in Psychology Today, viewed MGTOW sympathetically, calling societal and female expectations on men in relationships a "double bind", which has left many men "wounded" or "frustrated" to the point that have chosen to "opt out" entirely and instead concentrate on making themselves happy in other ways.[59]

ere my son lives with his family, and what I see is desperate between late thirties and forties women, who are never going to be married, and are never goi men, American author Kay Hymowitz suggested the reader search for terms including "MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way)" for examples of young men frustrated by women who complain of inequality while demanding preferential treatment.[27]

A detailed account of the MGTOW phenomenon was published by Helen Smith, Ph.D., in her 2013 book "Men On Strike; Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood and the American Dream, and Why It Matters"[2]

The Sunday Times, the largest-selling British national "quality" Sunday newspaper, featured an in-depth 8-page article detailing the MGTOW phenomenon[41]

Reasons why men go their own way Edit

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Summary Edit

MGTOW believe that legal and romantic entanglements with women fail a cost–benefit analysis and risk–benefit analysis. MGTOW believe it is advisable for men to shun marriage, cohabitation, and procreation, because they believe that the modern legal climate and justice system is hostile and dangerous towards men, and that the prevailing society or culture is gynocentric and misandrist. Many MGTOW also are of the opinion that even if all such alleged legal dangers, moral hazards, and other problems disappeared, modern women and modern society do not provide any positive incentives for men to engage in interactions with women. Many believe that mechanization and automation have substituted for the need for female labor in many (traditionally female) household tasks. Many self-identified MGTOW also feel that that female companionship does not provide sufficient positive incentives to associate with women, and advise men stay away from all romantic relationships, because they see such relationships as inherently dangerous and exploitative, or even in some cases from women in general, whom they see as hypergamous and manipulative by nature.

Divorce statistics Edit

Consequences of divorce Edit

Richard Doyle wrote about the court handling of divorces and child custody processes:

"Divorce courts are frequently like slaughter-houses, with about as much compassion and talent. They function as collection agencies for lawyer fees, however outrageous, stealing children and extorting money from men in ways blatantly unconstitutional... Men are regarded as mere guests in their own homes, evictable any time at the whims of wives and judges. Men are driven from home and children against their wills; then when unable to stretch paychecks far enough to support two households are termed "runaway fathers." Contrary to all principles of justice, men are thrown into prison for inability to pay alimony and support, however unreasonable or unfair the "obligation."" (Messner (1997) [ 41–48]

MGTOW have claimed that family and divorce law discriminate against men and favored their wives.Template:Sfn MGTOW assert that men are consciously or unconsciously opting out of marriage and engaging in a "marriage strike" as a result of the lack of benefits in marriage and the emotional and financial consequences of divorce, including aFalse rape accusations

  • False domestic violence accusations
  • Lack of benefits in marriage (A wife has no legal obligations in marriage. No obligation to have sex. No obligation not to cheat. No obligation not to cuckold. No obligation to stay married (no-fault divorce). There is nothing a husband is legally entitled to in marriage.)
  • Sexless marriage
  • Downsides of cohabitation: encroachment on male living space ("the prospect of having your personal space rearranged, and even being driven out of your personal space (which you're paying for) and into the garage [or "man cave"] isn't very savoury"), cohabitation as common law marriage
  • palimony
  • Substitute goods and services: self-improvement, hobbies, sports, video games, porn, sex toys, sexbots, prostitutes, escorts, massage parlors, artificial wombs, etc.
  • Decreasing wages: man cession, making it more difficult to support a household, etc.
  • Personal productivity:

Research shows increased scientific and artistic productivity in men who do not marry. As Christopher Orlet observes in his New English Review article Bachelorhood and Its Discontents,

Some years ago a noted Japanese researcher analyzed the biographical data of some 280 famous mathematicians, physicists, chemists, and biologists and discovered that all peaked professionally in their twenties, at which point their careers spiraled downward. Married scientists suffered the worst decline in productivity. However, those who never married remained highly productive well into their fifties. "Scientists tend to 'desist' from scientific research upon marriage,” the researcher told an interviewer, “just like criminals desist from crime upon marriage." One theory suggests married men lack an evolutionary reason to continue working hard (i.e., to attract females). Though it likely they similarly lack the prerequisite time and solitude.[1]
having Peter Pan Syndrome or commitmentphobia.[60] Critics of MGTOW often state that men need to "man-up" and take on the burdens and responsibilities of having a wife and children.

In an investigative report critical of the men's rights movement, The Southern Poverty Law Center, a group dedicated to battling "hate crimes", painted a


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