Men Going Their Own Way
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“”I do not avoid women, Mandrake. But I do deny them my essence.
|—General Ripper, Dr. Strangelove|
“”They've had enough, and they're taking their balls and going home.
The Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW, pronounced "mig-tau") movement is an offshoot of the men's rights movement advocating male separatism. Basically, MGTOWers buy into the rhetoric of men's rights advocates (eg, "society is actually biased against men, not women"), but instead of trying to address these (alleged) issues, they have vowed either to stay away from women altogether or to stop marrying women and having children. In other words, it's a hilarious analog to the lesbian separatism movement, but without homosexuality (many MGTOWers don't believe men should "become gay" as an element of further rebellion).
It's unclear if the movement has any power beyond "disgruntled douchebags talking shit about women on the Internet." The reaction of people who come across their posts online largely tends to be "Go your own way and stop whining already!"
The "going their own way" part is often framed not just as manly self-preservation but as a "strike" that is supposed to punish women. In the worldview of all too many MGTOWers, women are succubus-like creatures, who seduce men in order to exploit them, but are unable to
live support themselves without men to exploit. (It's worth mentioning that there's a strong whiff of overt misogyny wafting around many in the movement.) There are amusing parallels here with the notion of "going Galt" that is popular among libertarians who overestimate their importance in the grand scheme of things. It's perhaps telling that despite professing to 'go their own way' they seem utterly incapable of not talking about women in their internet fora.
Many MRA memes pop-up in their narratives including the "good-guy-loser/sucessful-bad-boy-player", men are the oppressed gender, friendzone, incel, exaggerated misandry (unstoppable man-hate) and "SJWs everywhere" aaargh! Clearly the best way to deal with these perceived or invented problems, is to reinforce one another's delusions by talking about them all the time, and doing so in a funky-smelling basement where women (no matter how many beg to be let in) are not allowed.
 Asian women
Occasionally, MGTOWers who support marriage will advocate that Western men try marrying Asian women instead, as they are apparently more demure and submissive. Asian-American feminists and other decent human beings are wholly disgusted by this idea, as are the MGTOWers who also frequent Stormfront.
 Locking antlers with the MRA Community
While they have a number of things in common, notably including an obsession with references to the 90's movie The Matrix, the MRA and MGTOW communities have been known to butt heads. Men's Rights Advocates take issue especially with MGTOWs who choose to
not be more as authoritarian and dominant with women as they are keep their distance from them with regards to marriage and making children.
Stefan Molyneux, one of the leading figures of the MRA movement, has been very vocal in being against the MGTOW community. He's taken issue especially with their refusal to engage in marriage and have children. Regarding the latter, he's been especially noteworthy in remarking that refusing to give birth to children is selfish despite himself being a stalwart advocate of purely selfish behavior.
 See also
- See the Wikipedia article on Men Going Their Own Way.
- Stories of couples where men go their own way
- MGTOW.com forums
- MGTOW HQ, another forum site
- A collection of pre-mocked MGTOW on We Hunted The Mammoth