Non-gynocentric traditionalist

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Non-gynocentric traditionalist refers to an individual who advocates "traditional" gender roles, or to any form of agreed labor division between men and women. Such relationships remain couple-centered as contrasted to woman-centered (gynocentric) relationships, and are characterized by reciprocal devotion between men and women, equal status and value, and commensurate benefits.

The phrase was introduced in 2016 by Peter Wright and Paul Elam:

"The faultline can equally be discerned between two kinds of relationship agreements. ie. between gynocentric traditionalist and the non-gynocentric traditionalist. However both of them may choose to be married and have a family. We simply argue that one of those two different kinds of families has a great chance of producing more well-rounded children, individuals with agency and accountability.

The faultline, which rightly deserves to be there, is between those who follow the tenants of chivalry and romantic love, and those who don’t.

Non-gynocentric traditionalism might still be based on a role division as long as it’s an equitable one in terms of labor exertion and associated risks to health. That means role divisions can’t be based on chivalry or any other kind of male servitude. No amount of labor division can reciprocate or compensate for a man dying on the job for less in return.[....]

"What remains after gynocentrism is excised are benign aspects of traditional relationships such as a balanced labor division or labor balanced into different areas – she scrubs bathroom tiles while he mows grass. Women’s willingness to labor was common in times past where they regularly worked as butchers, bakers and candlestick-makers alongside their male counterparts.

In that cooperative atmosphere of mutual contribution, men and women were more attracted to marriage and belonging to a large extended family – with all members of the family looking out for the safety, and health of the family network.

Other aspects of traditionalism, too, deserve a mention, such as those of benefit to men. These include more father-son time, and an assumption of being able to enjoy male spaces such as male-only drinking saloons, sporting teams, pool halls, and fraternal organizations; Elks, Masons, Golden Fleece, and many others.[1]

See also


  1. Wright, P., Elam, P. Traditionalism vs. Traditionalism., published at A Voice For Men (March 2016)