MembershipFew989 t1_iua28ce wrote

Popular take - nefarious and intimidating illuminati-esque organisation hell bent on world domination.

My experience - a bunch of 60-something businessmen trying to leverage social connections to further themselves through showing some calf ( to prove they're not women), and discussing their prostate problems... I don't think that is related to proving they're not women. I've never met a freemason I considered to be the least bit intimidating.

Basically a more formalised old boys network for those who didn't go to the right school.