LIFESTYLES

Married to a single life

JOHN MASTERS March 9 1981
LIFESTYLES

Married to a single life

JOHN MASTERS March 9 1981

Married to a single life

LIFESTYLES

After gestating through three marriages, Doug Baker of Burnaby, B.C., is pleased to announce the out-of-wedlock birth of Misogamists Unanimous. For $5 he will send those tired of marital hiss a kit including a copy of Baker’s Misogamist’s Philosophy and Pledge (“within the bounds of legal matrimony are sown the seeds of discord, discontent, stress, financial loss, mental and physical abuse”), suitable for framing above the single’s double bed.

Since inaugurating his association last December with an ad in a Vancouver daily, the 37-year-old bus drivercum-interior decorator Baker has signed up 2,000 nonunionists and been assailed with requests for interviews by 50 radio and television stations, including the trend-setting Phil Donahue Show. “What I’ve done is put into words what a lot of people were thinking,” explains Baker. “You can go from A to Z

in your life being successful and single.” He rumbles off a list of Detroit lawyers, Whitehorse truckers and Vancouver gynecologists who agree with him, and says he’s not surprised 70 per cent of them are female. Shrugs Baker: “Most women I know don’t need the security of marriage as they used to.”

Baker flaunts a lifestyle that features weight lifting, congas, martial arts and Harley-Davidsons, as well as an apartment he brags “looks like you’re walking into a cocktail lounge.” He admits the zebra-striped couches and black-velvet nudes aren’t for everyone,

nor is the custom-made $5,000 bed with its built-in speakers, stereo, color television and wine cooler. “It’s kind of a mood thing,” he says.

If Baker’s estimate that only two in 10 marriages were truly meant to be is correct, Misogamists Unanimous should have a fertile future. He envisions 200,000 members in a few years, with a newsletter, local chapters, possibly a magazine (Misogamy Today?) and maybe a book. When spreading the joys of untwofulness overtaxes him, the president can step down and still keep misogamy in the family: Baker’s sons, aged 18 and 19, have already signed on.

JOHN MASTERS