No Men Allowed in Ataraxia

Posted by and | January 13, 2016 | News | No Comments
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There’s a new cafe in Japan for geek women—and only women, according to Kotaku’s Brian Ashcroft. Ataraxia explicitly disallows “regular people and men.”

While there are tons of cafes all over Japan that cater to different interests (maid cafes are probably the most widely known), Ataraxia is the first  to cater expressly to geek women and no one else. The establishment has a manga library, a work space where guests can pursue other creative interests, sewing machines and mannequins for use in cosplay, and of course, cute food, coffee, and alcohol.

You have to be over 18 to become a member, and only members can visit Ataraxia.

Ataraxia seems like a cozy, safe place to have fun without worrying about unwanted attention or judgment.

Linda Breneman

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Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.

Keezy Young

About Keezy Young

Keezy is a gamer, illustrator, and designer. Her background is in teaching and tutoring kids from ages 9 to 19, and she's led workshops for young women in STEM. She is also holds a certificate in teaching English. Her first memory of gaming is when her dad taught her to play the first Warcraft when she was five. You can find her at Key of Zee and on Twitter @KeezyBees.