Are you one of the growing band of ‘Men Going Their Own Way’ – MGTOWs?


MGTOW is basically the statement of self-ownership and saying that only you have the right to decide what your goals in life should be. It is saying that, as a man I will not surrender my will to the social expectations of women and society, because both have become hostile against masculinity.

I had a very interesting two-hour-long Skype discussion recently with a 28-year-old man who’s writing a paper as part of his university course, on how the genders are represented in the media. We touched on issues like all the male characters in Family Guy and The Simpsons being dysfunctional, and all the female characters admirable. This would appear to have been the default template for much of popular culture for many years.

He’s interested in the MGTOW phenomenon, as I am. If you self-identify as a MGTOW, and you’d be willing to have a phone or Skype conversation with the man in the near future, please email me at and I’ll possibly put the two of you in touch. If you could provide me with some evidence that you’re a MGTOW, that would be appreciated. Thank you.


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • I’m 43, gainfully employed, healthy and no desire for marriage or kids. But I’m also not sure if I am a mgtow or a bachelor.

  • vadark

    I think someone who becomes a MGTOW may do so as part of a phased approach, sometimes over a number of years. It’s not necessarily a case of immediate change. For example, I know of one or two men who first got disillusioned with their female friends and even male friends, then distanced themselves from business acquaintances, and even the media (particularly TV) became exempt from their list of interests. Following that they gradually turned their backs on their extended family and finally gave up on girlfriends/wives and even kids as a last resort. I think it’s a longer journey than people may think at first glance.

    There’s two things I’d really like to get to the bottom of:

    1. What are the commonalities (if any) of a MGTOW?
    2. Are there any similarities between MRAs?

    The answers to these questions may be similar to asking: What makes a feminist a feminist? I don’t know the answer to any of these questions but I’m pretty certain that a journey to the answers could uncover some interesting facts. For instance, the similarities between MRAs could match in terms of historical life experiences, or perhaps it’s to do with their genetic makeup. Maybe every MRA out there had a feminist Mother or perhaps their IQ is higher than average. I don’t know how we’d uncover any such commonalities but it sure would be an interesting set of data to analyse.

    • Thanks for this. Do you consider yourself a MGTOW, and if so, would you like to chat to the man writing the paper?

      I’m quite convinced that on average MHRAs are brighter than the average man, just as I’m convinced that feminists – militant feminists, anyway – are markedly less intelligent than normal women. Any woman (or man) who thinks Britain in 2013 is a patriarchy isn’t just unintelligent and uninformed, I’d genuinely suspect (s)he must have a mental health issue.

  • vadark

    I’m probably half way along the curve and weighing up the pros and cons! So can’t really call me a true MGTOW in every sense of the word.

    I’d like to agree that most MRAs are “brighter” on average. Having said that, I think we’d have to drill down into the various aspects of intelligence in order to extract what really makes an MRA an MRA. For instance, being attributed with a high level of musical intelligence (yes that is one of the categories of intelligence) may not turn out to be a commonality amongst MRAs.

    I’m willing to bet that MRAs have a high social intelligence coupled with a high emotional (as well as logical and perceptive) outlook on life. They’re also likely to be protective and caring. That’s my guess, anyway, but could be wrong. I certainly think they are good people, unlike feminists who appear to be selfish and entirely illogical.