Is Software Development a manly skill? Or is it hipster?

My job is web development, so I'm doing it regardless. But in my free time I like to explore different tools and languages. I'm just wondering if I should be using this time for improving more traditionally manly skills.

The media gives this California/Mark Zuckerberg/Hipster view of computer programming. I'm definitely not like that. So I struggle with how much of a programmer I should be and how much I should understand manly skills like how to be a carpenter or do my own car repairs, etc.

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The serious answer:  develop the skills you love and have a use for.  Checking things off on the "manly" list just doesn't need to be a priority -- and, yes, pushing hard into a skill and excelling at it is manly.  

The more fun answer is:  C, C++, PERL, and FORTRAN are manly as all get-out but this is the tool you need if you're programming Java.

(Ducks and runs.)

The manly thing would be doing whatever it is that pleases you--whether that be computer programming, knitting or crochet, or carving a large statue from a single log with just a folding pocket knife--without caring what others think of you and your hobbies. Don't let others dictate what is or isn't manly. A well-rounded man will be able to do lots of things. I'm an electrician and I'm pretty handy around the house. I could survive in the wilderness with just the stuff on my back, and I can do basic car repairs. I can also cook and bake, crochet and knit, and I'm teaching myself how to tune a piano. The manly thing is to learn and grow in whatever you find useful. Worrying about gender stereotypes just gets in the way of the real manly thing of learning and being proud of what you know, even if others think it isn't manly.

That being said, traditional manly skills are important to learn, not for the sake of being manly, but for your own independence and for being prepared for whatever might come your way. It will help you to become ready for the unexpected and will help you to be of service to others when they may need help. Ultimately, in my opinion, being ready for anything, and having the knowledge to do it, is the manliest attribute anyone could have. So, program computer apps, learn to sew, know how to sharpen an axe, change a tire, or how to buy feminine hygiene products for your wife. All of it is manly if done for the right reason.

Careful with your opening generalization.  Doing something that please you isn't necessarily a "good thing."  Serial killers, for example, like what they do.

I think it was clear from the examples that Stewart is talking about hobbies that are not human rights atrocities.

Of obligation:

https://xkcd.com/378/

LMAO That is the funniest post I have read today.

Earning your own income in a honest way is what counts. Whether you do it by building houses, giving dancing lessons or doing web development doesn't matter.

Coding is neither manly nor unmanly. It is neither hipster nor un-hipster. You're over-thinking things way too much. Get out of your head and go do the stuff you like.

Software would exist as but a tool. The manner in which such is of creation, and the use to which it would be placed may dictate masculinity. However, as with much of such, despite assertions of those languages of a manner romantic in nature, the majority of objects would fail in the possession of gender.

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"the Portion Northern of America"

LOL! You're really stretching it these days, man! ;)

One would make small attempts thereof...

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