Why is it a Man Cave?

We have had lots of friends and family over lately, with the warmer weather and I keep hearing the same thing: ‘Oh, what a great Man Cave!’.

This is in reference to our summer house at the end of our garden. As far as I can tell what defines this as a man’s space is that we have gym equipment in there…  half of the equipment in there I bought, for my own use, and when we bought the house we both excitedly discussed how that space could be used as a gym.

I’ve just had a baby, I need to exercise if I am ever going to keep up with her!

Can I ask, and please do answer because I am genuinely interested, why is it that men are assumed to need a separate space? And why is exercise, more often than not, still assumed to be a male activity?

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