"Nothing like feeling the fresh tilled earth in your hands and watching the fruits of your labors grow almost daily. Nothing like not having to go to the grocery store to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for your family. Manliness=Creating…"
"Manly is about a set of values, about caring and providing for your family, about leaning out to help people less fortunate than yourself, giving and not reflecting on what returns to you. If you do all of that you are a man who can hold his head…"
"I think the perception is that something small and homey is feminine, and big projects are masculine.
Whatever you think about that... gardening can make a pretty big project. I'll add that there are plenty of things we do that…"
"That's a really weird answer.
If you need to ask whether its manly, its not. Clear enough. I don't know that I agree ... but I follow you.
But, not because gardening (or whatever you're asking about) is actually not…"
"I think if you feel the need to ask, the answer is no. Not because any particular thing is manly or not - but because you already have formed an opinion, and going against that can cause you to question yourself more than needed."
"Back to the original question 'Is Gardening Manly?
Interesting question because both men and women enjoy gardening. Usually women enjoy the lighter physical work and design and men the hard heavy work. Of course this a generalisation but the…"
"Self-sufficiency is manly.
Creating architecturally planned art (floral gardens) is manly.
Providing food for the table is manly.
Taking care of living things is definitely manly.
Having the patience to watch green stuff grow. Manly.
"I respect that. Online friending has devalued the word quite a bit, I agree, but within the context of this forum it is meant only to indicate a friendly association. Nevertheless, I respect that position. I am delighted to make…"
"I missed the memo on this tradition of male messing with each other long ago, women don't do that sort of thing.
I know now I've probably deep-sixed more than a few developing friendships because of misinterpreting that.