What do you think. is it manli to smoke.?

Views: 1171

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I guess it depends on what you're talking about.  I don't think it's manly at all to rely on a substance of any kind.  I'm a pipe and cigar smoker and I don't feel the least bit of addiction. That being said, I do think pipe and cigar smoking can be considered manly.  There's just something about the relaxation and contemplative mood it creates that does indeed seem manly.

Enjoying a cigar on occasion is manly.  Standing outside by yourself in 20-degree weather because you need a cigarette is pathetic.



Black tar lungs aside, nothing sexier than a man who can hold a cig with distinction:

I hate to admit it but it really is. There was a time when it was considered taboo for women to smoke because the cigarette is the symbol of a penis

Whereas if a man did it, it was manly?

Really?  If that's true ... its bizarre.  I've never heard the "symbol of a penis" theory.  You'd figure it'd be less stereotypically manly, and distinctly more womanly, to have a penis-symbol hanging from your mouth ... particularly in that day-and-age.


I'm sure I've seen pictures of fairly well-renown, and admired, women of the 30-60s smoking ... Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Deitrich, Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Lucille Ball (who smoked on I Love Lucy, during a time when married couples couldn't share a bed on TV, and the word 'pregnant' was banned), etc., etc.


It couldn't have been all that taboo.  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.


It was longer ago than that, though the sentiment did persist through those decades (and even to today, to some degree, I imagine).


And I think it's safe to say that Alexei didn't mean that smoking a cigarette literally symbolizes sucking on a penis. In my opinion it's easy enough to see it the same way a big gun might be a phallic symbol in a movie (or real life). 

The wiki page is exactly what I was talking about. Thanks for the link for everyone to see. 

 Ask yourself this: If I smoke, do I have more of a manly character then if I do not? You will have your answer.

Note: This does not mean, "do I look more like a man with a cigarette in my mouth?"

"Manly" also refers to activities befitting a man's man.  Stuff men do, not necessarily just things that make them men.  Its certainly not limited to "character building", or even character-revealing ... so long as it isn't revealing a flaw (like nicotine addiction, for instance).

Steak doesn't build character, either.  Or bacon.  Or cowboy boots.  Or pick-up trucks.  Or guns.  Or war movies.  Or any of a thousand other stereotypically "manly" things.


 I realize that. I was just focusing more on the idea of character, rather then activities that men often partake in and find and interest in doing.

 Since, as you said, a lot of stereotypically manly things have nothing to do with building a manly character. (and if they have an influence it is rather unrelated to the thing itself, rather then what it teaches, and what it teaches is up to how it is used and percieved)

There is nothing unmanly in enjoying smoking every so often, it just isn't something that defines a man.

Smoking a pipe is definitely manly.  Smoking a cigarette is definitely not.


Latest Activity

Sir replied to John Muir's discussion Donald Trump Is A Greedy, Creepy, Ignorant Jerk in the group The Great Debate
"Except for the "right-wing" part, yes."
15 minutes ago
Sam K replied to John Muir's discussion Donald Trump Is A Greedy, Creepy, Ignorant Jerk in the group The Great Debate
"I'm not particularly fond of Trump; to me he's like a right-wing version of Bill Maher running for President, and I wouldn't be found of the idea of Bill Maher running the country even if I was on the left.To me though the least of my…"
37 minutes ago
Sam K joined Herb Munson's group

The Great Debate

"Iron sharpens iron." A place for men to impact each other by debate and exchange of ideas. This is a group where no ideas are off limits. If your motto is, "I never talk about politics or religion," this group is probably not for you. A "gym" for thinkers.See More
37 minutes ago
Shane replied to Sam K's discussion Good sources for political opinions?
"Why? Just deep dive into the topics you're interested in."
49 minutes ago
QuackXP replied to Brother Joseph's discussion Christmas Traditions
"Every year at lease since we moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 the Regent Square Theater in Pittsburgh has free showing's of It's A Wonderful Life in conjunction with a local charity food drive. My wife (girlfriend when we moved here) have not…"
50 minutes ago
Sir replied to Sam K's discussion Good sources for political opinions?
"Phrase it differently:  not about avoiding bias, which is impossible, but how can I get info you won't find in MSM? By checking a variety of sources. WSJ, sure, and WaPo, and maybe the Economist.  But I primarily read editorials not…"
1 hour ago
Robert Edwin House replied to Sam K's discussion Good sources for political opinions?
"Good luck on this. You'll be hard pressed to find a news source that isn't slanted in one direction or another. I am suspect of all media that presents things in a biased way, which seems to put me at odds with every source. "
2 hours ago
Sam K posted a discussion

Good sources for political opinions?

Most political sources online or in the media are pretty awful. Most online message boards especially are havens for fighting and lunatic fringe views.I've been doing a little research to find get an idea of what some more professionally written sources are - If anyone can give me some advice I'd appreciate.On the bottom of the barrel I rank minor blogs, Youtube channels, and most political message boards (where any anonymous person can contribute; ex. Democratic Underground). Just up from that…See More
2 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service