"Frat Mason" isn't actually a college fraternity, but it might as well be. The coveted new San Francisco neighborhood clustered around Fort Mason park—where rehabbed military housing ranges from $3,600 for a two-bedroom to $12,000 for a three-bedroom—features a waiting list, a clubby atmosphere, and gender norms a plenty, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The residents who primarily "work in tech or have their own startups," are also overwhemingly male:
"It's 70 percent men," said Catherine Robles, the park's realty specialist. "They average in their upper 20s, mid-30s. There's the one house we call the Google Girls, but otherwise it's majority male. We really don't know why."
Perhaps the gender disparity can be attributed to the "Bud Light Lime" party vibe, like this recent "Fraturday" in the park where:
Young men in salmon-colored shorts lounged on a picnic blanket next to heavy red coolers. A few strung hammocks between the lawn's palm trees. Others had set up corn-hole tables, horseshoe ranges, bocce ball and a volleyball court.
Or perhaps it's the expectation that the women who live there feed their male counterparts. No surprise from an industry where senior-level programmers are assigned tasks like picking out furniture and organizing parties. Presumably Frat Mason's free meal plan will sustain these entrepreneurs until their app gets acquired, when it becomes a tech corporation's job to infantilize them:
At her whitewashed house one recent evening after work, Bertuccelli drank Chardonnay while young men casually sauntered in from next door looking for food - "we're always cooking for them," she said, shaking her head. [...]
The nearby youth hostel cafeteria is where Long and Streiler eat most of their meals.
"I eat there whenever the girls don't feed me. We're all traveling or around during the day - a lot of entrepreneurs, a lot of us work from home. So we all eat lunch at the hostel," said Long, who had a BLT and a burrito earlier that day.
"Women laughing alone with patriarchy," should be a stock photo category.
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