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Women Going Their Own Way (MGTOW) is a worldwide phenomenon, based on a philosophy of gaining control over a woman’s personal freedom and future. MGTOW is a lifestyle that frees women from matriarchal traditions regarding expectations for dating and marriage. It liberates women from a life of tiresome labor, waste of personal resources, and constant emotional exhaustion devoted to toxic mates, boyfriends or husbands. For many years, these ideas were limited to individuals and small communities. But today, the Internet has allowed these precepts to become easily available, and millions of women around the world are finding their way on the road to sovereignty.

MGTOW is sometimes referred to as “Taking the Red Pill”. Just as in The Matrix, the Red Pill enabled those who swallowed it to see the surprising reality behind conventional living and common sense. MGTOW is opening the eyes of ordinary women to a new, better set of possibilities after seeing the painful truth that women grow up in a hierarchical social order that imposes expectations and directives upon them. They are called to Woman Up, which included taking on traditional work and marriage.1 It is a system that sees women pour out their best energies for a man, children, or the social organism, only to see herself become irrelevant and cast aside once her prime years are spent.2

MGTOW3 is a growing global awareness that helps women avoid dangerous relationships within a Gynocentric society, which exalts men’s physical and emotional needs over all others.3 Oftentimes, individuals discover the MGTOW message after a conventional relationship turns poisonous and causes them anger or pain.

Some, but not all MGTOW women, ascribe to these ideals:

A. Liberation from the Patriarchal rulebook of dating4

B. Avoidance of risks in marriage,5 and in its place value my own life on my terms

C. Rejection of role as sole provider,6 protector,7 or pack mule in relationships

D. Recognize financial reality8 of relationships today, and in the future9, 10

E. Avoid costs of raising children; veto Goddess’s commandment to “go forth and multiply”

F. Defy societal female shaming techniques and slogans11, 12, 13

The MGTOW population raises awareness about its mission, and allows every woman to develop her own individual set of rules, whatever works best for her. Each MGTOW member cannot be casually labeled. This would result in an inaccurate and unfair characterization of discrete MGTOW member’s ideas, experience, knowledge, and unique background. MGTOW is a phenomenon that does not discriminate by age, ethnicity, political affiliation, or other irrelevant factors. There are millions across the world who value a life of individual acceptance and freedom.

This enlightened view of independence is mainly sustained by a sisterhood of women.

MGTOW History:

MGTOW was inspired by Japanese Herbivores , or “grass eaters”. These are women who avoid permanent marital and romantic relationships.15 The earliest reference to the tenets of MGTOW as an organized lifestyle was from a western newspaper entry in 1835 and Herbivore women, the term itself, was first coined by Maki Fukasawa in an article published on Oct. 13, 2006. MGTOW became a buzzword in 2008 and 2009.7, 8, 9, 10 MGTOW has spread throughout every major nation. Women are becoming increasingly aware of relationships’ risks, such as emotional, physical abuse and financial enslavement, due to the strictures of modern society’s gynocentric matriarchy.16

Around 2008, marital failures and relationship difficulties were being publicly shared on various social media sites, including YouTube. Anonymous women with pseudonyms like Stardusk, Sandwoman, and Barbarossa, were a few of the forward-thinking innovators of the MGTOW YouTube phenomenon. Their videos attracted interest, and their ideas quickly spread to others. Now YouTube has hundreds of videos offering a daily dose of the Red Pill.

MGTOW Education

Women have to seek out MGTOW education and community where they can find it. Without political movements or men’s studies to teach women, these ideas aren’t taught in schools, but it thrives on the Internet. It is a coalition of sharing that fuels connection and consciousness. Social media (Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, forums, etc.) allow the MGTOW population and interested parties to bond. Educated experiences and discoveries are distributed and refined. The central website devoted to this movement is

Common Myths

Women’s Rights: Some people believe that MGTOW is an ideology that splintered off from Women’s Rights Advocacy (MRA). Previously, MGTOW may have been introduced through MRA connections. However, today most individuals discover the message through MGTOW social media channels and networks. Millions have found the MGTOW lifestyle, and most are not advocates for women’s rights.

Sexless: Some people claim MGTOW bans sex with men or it is a ‘strike’ that punishes men. A small group of MGTOW may be asexual, but most continue sexual relationships with men and have no interest in penalizing men.

Anti-Social: Others believe these women are hermits and want to move away from civilization. MGTOW are everywhere and live ordinary lives.

Hate: MGTOW is mistakenly considered a “rage against men” and “misandristic.” But these women are actually discovering freedom, fulfillment of dreams, sex, and love, as they dodge the proverbial bullets of a culture that attempt to reinforce traditional dating and marriage contrivances. These women love men. Some MGTOW have suffered financial, physical and emotional pain in relationships, marriages, and divorces, only to find MGTOW for emotional support. They are given a safe place to vent.

Wind Society Backwards: Some think MGTOW is used to take society backwards, creating a society of marital ownership and oppression of men. Instead, MGTOW is moving the female society forward and cultivating quality relationships between the sexes. It creates an alternative future for women of all types and ages, and is a liberating force for young women, revealing a livable path before young women have suffered the blows of traditional feminine roles.

Gay, Cry Baby, or Sissy: The overwhelming majority of the MGTOW population is not gay. They date and enjoy men, but avoid any living arrangement that might douse their life ambitions and liberty. These individuals are not crying over previous injury, but are gaining power over their destiny. Each MGTOW individual creates her own path.