If you don't know what it is (and aren't bothered to Google it), here's two contrasting definitons on Urban dictionary. On the one hand:
"Acronym for "men going their own way." These are men that give corrupt divorce courts the middle finger by not getting married, thus never getting screwed over. Traditionalist men tend to make fun of them, up until the day their ex-wife steals his heart and his money, then MGTOWs get the last laugh."
And on the other:
"A bunch of whiny douchebags who can't get girlfriends because of their blatant hatred of women, but claim it's because they're protesting against the unnamed evils that women routinely commit (see cognitive dissonance).
It's the equivalent of a five-year-old trying hold their breath until they get what they want, only they're being incredibly unclear about what it is that they want and no one cares if they pass out from oxygen deprivation."
- I'm one.Vote A
- Sounds like a great ideaVote B
- I can see why some guys would do it.Vote C
- I don't care.Vote D
- The whole thing is silly. I find it irritating.Vote E
- They're misogynistic idiots. I find it offensive.Vote F
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I can see why men would do it. I've spoken about the anti-male bias in divorce many times, and the way most women respond is just ridiculous.
The first response is usually something along the lines of "if you meet the right girl you don't have to worry about getting divorced". Men marry women they think are the right ones, no man is going to marry a woman if he suspects she might divorce him and take him for all he's got, we aren't retards.
The second response is usually that you just have to be good to her, yet again plenty of women divorce good men just as I'm sure plenty of men divorce good women. Being a good partner doesn't mean your partner is going to be good to you, good people get shit on all the time.
And then the third response is usually something about me being a bitter misogynist who can't get laid or got hurt by a woman and now I blame all women, which is bullshit, just a shaming tactic to try to shut me up. I'm in a happy relationship and I have nothing to be bitter about - I'm not married or divorced.
Very rarely a woman will agree with me, usually because she's seen it happen to a man she's close with.
So after seeing these responses and the way most women try to shut down the debate with personal attacks and just say "get with the right girl", rather than just saying "yeah it's wrong, I understand, something should be done about it", I can understand why they do it. Imagine if rape was still legal in marriage and women stopped getting married, and men just responded "stop being a whiney bitter douchebag, just choose the right man", would women still get married? No they wouldn't.
These guys have some weird beliefs about women though e. g. that all they want is money, that they're all man-hating golddiggers who are out to fuck men over. I think the whole thing is weird - I've known I wouldn't get married since I was a kid, I've always known it makes no sense, I don't need a silly name for it.4