If it were on Arrakis it would be a melange.
He who controls the 3x23 controls the universe.
In otherwords ALL math to depending on your field of work.
As an undergraduate mathematician, I've also noticed that there is a gender imbalance among mathematicians. However, the gender imbalance that I've observed is one that goes towards more men, with the number of men being between two and three times the number of women.
Mathematics is an incredibly broad subject, and this becomes more apparent as the more advanced math is undertaken. There is a common misconception that mathematics is just a lot of arithmetic, but really you can call any logical analysis of something mathematics. I would consider being able to logically analyse a situation to be one of the most manly skills one can have.
Unfortunately, when considering the qualities of manliness that people seem to require, they are using standards which exist do not exist within the UK. Hunting, for example, is a lot more common in the US than the UK. Similarly, pretty much nobody works during their university terms, simply because the work takes up too much time. Even holidays are misnomers - I'm out of term time now, but I'm doing more work than during term time because the first round of finals are coming up. If I tried to get a job, it would mean that my maths would suffer, and that's just not worth it.
The skills necessary to be manly have changed, and that needs to be acknowledged. The average mathematician may not be able to build a campfire or hunt a deer, but you don't need to, but the average mathematician will be able to solve an abstract problem or write a program. One of those skillsets makes you a lot better to provide for yourselves and others nowadays, whereas the other one would require an absurd amount of society to collapse in order to be considered anywhere near as useful.
Regarding this argument over what "traits of a male" are, this seems like a venue for airing one's cultural and class prejudices more than anything else. If 'manliness' is distilled down to an ability to provide for one's 'unit' - whether that is the nuclear family of modern Western society or the 'tribe' of thousands of years ago - then manly skills are simply whatever society values most at a given time.
I remember reading an interview Warren Buffett gave once where he said the only reason he's a multibillionaire is because he was born in 20th century America. His point was that if he had been born in, say, Africa, or in medieval Europe, the skill set he had an advantage in - analyzing securities - would not have been in very high demand because it wouldn't have been useful. The skills that those societies would have considered useful - physical strength, skill with tools - were skills that he himself did not have an advantage in. He would likely have been relatively poor had he lived in those societies.
So, ask yourself which of the following men are more "manly" - a steel mill worker or a bond trader? The steel worker is probably physically strong, good with tools and his hands. The bond trader probably isn't; his job involves sitting at a desk most of the time, and he may have been one of those kids who was considered a "nerd."
Sixty years ago, the steel worker would have been more manly in the sense of being a familial provider. His trade was in high demand and paid relatively high wages. He would be able to buy a house in the suburbs, a new car, perhaps a small cottage by the lake; his wife wouldn't have to work. Bond trading, meanwhile, was barely at the bottom of the white-collar professions back in the 1950s. The bond trader might even have had a second job, or had his wife take in washing or give piano lessons, to supplement the family income.
Today, the bond trader is solidly upper-middle class. He owns a nice house and his children attend private schools. If his wife works, it is in a comparably remunerative field like law or medicine. The steel worker has seen his industry's wages stagnate or fall in the past sixty years. He only works 20 or 30 hours a week because his employer can't give him any more work. As a result, his wife has to work, likely in a low-end service job. In terms of being able to provide a sufficient and stable income for his family, and in terms of protecting them from the uncertainties of the economy, the bond trader is more "manly" than the steel mill worker, even though sixty years ago the opposite would have been true. The fact that the steel worker can change his own oil, and perhaps save a few dollars in mechanic's fees as a result, doesn't change this.
Only if Neil Armstrong is a man! Excuse my platoon sergeant's old quote but "If that ain't a man, what the hell is?"
Math is neither manly, nor unmanly. It simply is a tool which may or may not be required to accomplish a given job.
A simple wooden shelter can be banged together without a bit of measuring. However, a skyscraper is going to involve multitudes of complex calculations to keep it from toppling under its own weight.
A man assesses the job he intends to do, and picks his tools accordingly.
I read the title and i was like, oh i hope not lol
Without a doubt in any Man's mind, math IS, and a resounding IS for that matter, a Manly skill.
ALL OTHER SKILLS derive from math. When the Carpenters built the house you live in, they used Math. When the engineers designed your car, they used Math. The people who walked on the Moon all used Math (and if they aren't manly in your book, then I don't want to read your book).
You wanna look like an idiot in front of a girl? Be the first not to know how to calculate a tip on a date.
You wanna look like an idiot in front of coworkers? Be the one who cut the 2x4 a half inch too short because you added or subtracted wrong.
You think Manly Paratroopers accomplish their task because someone (probably a Man) didn't figure out you need an average of 6 core yarns in Parachute Cord to ensure that each individual cord had a minimum breaking weight of 550 lbs? And that combined, 30 cords were more than enough to handle the G-Forces involved in the opening shock after exiting an aircraft at 120 knots? Or that the PARABOLIC shape of an open parachute would support up to 360 lbs at an average descent of 15 mph?
People who think Math is unmanly or useless are probably just lazy.
I realize that my examples were based on rudimentary math.
Here's an example from higher level math:
Wanna look like an idiot in front of your colleagues? Try not converting between English units and metric units resulting in the loss of a multimillion dollar space mission. Look up the Mars Surveyor '98 program. Do you think the responsible guy recouperated his feelings of pride and self-respect (manly emotions) by smashing a can on his head and grunting? (no)...