The Black and Blue Ghost: Introduction (to a semi-regular series)

Recently at his blog The Unambitious Male, Workshy Joe published an interesting and thought-provoking series of posts that was prompted by a reader’s request to “write about the MGTOW”.

For the unfamiliar, MGTOW is short for Men Going Their Own Way, a term used in conjunction with men’s issues and men’s rights activism. Like many terms, MGTOW has different shades of meaning to different people, but in general it refers to men who (for a variety of reasons) opt out of “traditional lifestyle” choices in the Western world – and especially choose not to get married, either again or at all (for more information, the definition of MGTOW at Urban Dictionary is a good place to start).

A term related to MGTOW is “going ghost”, hence the title of Workshy Joe’s series ‘Men Who Go Ghost’. Like MGTOW it can have different shades of meaning, but overall going ghost describes men who (for a variety of reasons) decide to very much go it alone in life, and in particular without intimate long-term relationships with women.

Both MGTOW and going ghost could also be regarded as new variants of the older terms “confirmed bachelor” or “lifelong bachelor”.

As I mentioned earlier, I found ‘Men Who Go Ghost’ very interesting and thought-provoking, but not because I now suddenly want to go my own way or go ghost.

It’s because I’ve already been living like that for most of my life.


At first, I was going to write one post in response to ‘Men Who Go Ghost’ – but because Workshy Joe covered lots of compelling ground in each of his posts, instead I’ve decided to write my own series of posts that will parallel his.

So, if you liked ‘Men Who Go Ghost’ (and if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend doing so), and if you’re interested in reading about this particular ghost’s story, stay tuned.

Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂


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Black and Blue Man lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 Responses to The Black and Blue Ghost: Introduction (to a semi-regular series)

  1. Workshy Joe says:

    Hey man,

    I’m Glad you enjoyed the MGTOW post and Men Who Go Ghost series. Depression among men is an issue that needs more exposure. First hand experiences rather than just dry medical texts.

    I’ll add you to my manosphere blogroll. Welcome aboard!

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