Friday, November 30, 2012

Top 20 Manly Hobbies

For some this post of mine may seem controversial as there is nothing that men do and women cannot, specially in these day. But the gender bias or perspective aside, if we start to think logically and rationally, we will find many hobbies that only men adopt and likewise many hobbies that women adopt. Now when I say men and women, I should have added the term 'generally' or 'mostly' - and this generally or mostly thing make hobbies many or feminist.

Some of the Top 20 Manly Hobbies

For instance hobbies like knitting, baking, film-stars' poster collecting, reading and gossiping are generally taken to be feminist hobbies or hobbies adopted by women and girls. But hobbies like hunting, fishing, trekking or even playing chess are generally adopted by men and can be called as manly hobbies. 

But this does not mean women do not go fishing or hunting, but the comparative ratio of hobbies generally labeled as manly are  seldom adopted by women.

Since Hobby Shobbys is a blog exclusive for hobbyists, I thought of listing down popular hobbies adopted by men to start with. In my next post, I will list down feminist hobbies or hobbies adopted by women and girls.


Men and boys, mainly because of the biology, are interested in doing things that require muscles and brains or a combination of both. Mostly the manly hobbies are outside the comforts of one's house and into the wilderness require stamina, confronting dangers and even wild animals and at times risking one's life. And when it comes to indoors, card games like poker and bridge and board games like chess and scrabble, collecting coins, antiques, stamps and matchboxes add to men's leisure.

So I sat and start listing all such hobbies that require usage of muscles and brians or a combination thereof and come upon following listing:

  1. Hunting
  2. Shooting
  3. Arcehry
  4. Fishing
  5. Camping
  6. Free Falling
  7. Mountaineering
  8. Woodwork
  9. Collecting
  10. Gardening
  11. RC Gadgets
  12. Body Building
  13. Photography
  14. Painting
  15. Flying
  16. Astronomy
  17. Genealogy
  18. Card/Board Games
  19. Magic
  20. Playing Guitar

This is my listing - there can be many more that can be added here. I have three of my hobbies, collecting, photography and genealogy, in the list. Those who have been regular visitor of Hobby Shobbys, would have observed my thrust and interest in these fields more than the rest.

I have already written separately on some of the hobbies listed above in my earlier posts (which have been highlighted and links to previous posts given) and would write more which have not been covered earlier. 

However, there is a catch here - these are the hobbies which generally people had before the advent of the digital age. Now the trends have changed in adopting hobbies. I will write about these trends separately which has had a profound effect in the domain of hobbies once  happily adopted.

You may add or subtract hobbies from ly listing for being manly or otherwise through your comments.