Sprawling man camps in the Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania towns where oil companies once housed thousands of workers during the shale oil boom are making a comeback as living man museums.
Recalling the days when men worked outdoors, supported their families and had functioning genitalia, the museums feature lively demonstrations in exhibits that entertain and enlighten.
“In today’s androgynous, gender-neutral world, it’s easy to forget that men were once quite different from women,” said Dirk Hatcher, director of the Carrizo Springs Man Museum in south Texas. “Today, men and women are bred and programmed for contentment and contributions to the hive mind, but men used to have a distinct, vigorous role in society.”
Visitors to the Carrizo Springs museum can watch demonstrations in Woodworking Village, Garageville and Dadland, and hear colorful lectures about meat, warfare, jerry-rigging, football, poker and “drinkin’, spittin’ and scratchin’.”
Men who live at the museum barracks have no genetic modifications and hold “jobs.” They hunt, fish, farm, build furniture and repair broken items. In their spare time, they “whittle” and read printed material from previous generations. The barracks have electricity but no access to the worldwide mesh.
Once a month, busloads of self-identifying heterosexual women travel to Carrizo Springs for the museum’s “Girls Town” throwback weekend where they assume spirited personalities, don skimpy costumes and encourage the men to seduce them. Memory wipes are available.
“While it’s difficult for today’s evolved humans to understand, the disturbing activities of our forbearers were deemed essential to the survival of our species,” says Hatcher. “We owe a lot to our ancestors for enduring these hardships.”