All those flowers and designs,’ said Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington. It’s no wonder men aren’t comfortable at home, with the overdesigned, ‘feminized spaces that are being imposed on them’ by the women in their lives, she said. ‘They’re going to want to push back.’ It may be an unpopular opinion, but Ms. Sommers, who is well known for her critiques of feminism, may have a point. According to James B. Twitchell, professor of English and advertising at the University of Florida in Gainesville, men are increasingly creating small private domains in and around their houses - in sheds, basements, attics and closets - as a way of retreating from everyday life. Professor Twitchell, author of ‘Where Men Hide,’ published this month by Columbia University Press, does not agree that women are to blame for this phenomenon, or that it’s a matter of blame at all. He sees it as a positive development, and has built a shed of his own. He uses it as an office and calls it his hidey-hole. It sits on a site near his summer house in Vermont once dedicated to an above-ground septic […]

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