No, the counterpart to the “man cave” where men go to escape the dreaded pesky women who clutter up everything (except most movies, most tv shows, most workplaces, most sport, most news coverage, most religious administration…) and watch football on Giantscreen TVs – the counterpart to that, I say, is not the “mom cave” where women go to heat canned soup for men.
One reason: “mom” is not the counterpart to “man”. The counterpart to man is woman. The word “mom” is the counterpart to the word “dad”.
Notice right away how the whole thing has veered into totally non-counterpart territory. On the one hand we have men, who are people, who do things in the world. On the other hand we have moms, who do mom things. What happened to women, who are people, who do things in the world? Why do men get to have a whole big open category while women get a partial tiny closed category? Why are men left to define themselves while women are defined as parents and nothing else?
Another reason: the kitchen is not a personal space where a woman can go to escape pesky men or obligations or anything else. The kitchen is the opposite of a “woman cave”.
How long is it going to be 1955, anyway?