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.
Total agreement in all respects. I too enjoy pipes and cigars. In a group setting pipes and cigars facilitate manly conversation and friendship. Studies have indicated an increase in T levels among fellas who enjoy a smoke.
Enjoying a cigar on occasion is manly. Standing outside by yourself in 20-degree weather because you need a cigarette is pathetic.
If you don't need it it is. Keep control.
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.