What's your most un/stereotypical skill/hobby?

  • DiverScience

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    Mar 26, 2008 2:48 PM GMT
    We've talked about and straight acting, and masculinism...

    So what hobbies or skills do you have that do and don't fit that mold?

    Stereotypical skills and hobbies:

    Sports (a ton of them, some stereotypical, many not)
    Archery
    Backpacking/Camping/Hiking
    Can chop wood/Down a tree with saw/axe/maul-adze
    Carpentry/Woodworking
    Hay bale tossing/Midsize livestock wrangling/Manure shoveling



    Un stereotypical skills and hobbies:

    Gardening
    Cooking
    Sewing/Crochet/Crafts (Many of these)
    RPGs
    Art


    How about you?
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    Mar 26, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
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    That's when I'm not doing archery... or manure shoveling
  • EricLA

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    Mar 26, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    OK, it's been a few years since I last did it, but I used to enjoy going to the firing range and popping off a few rounds of a handgun: 9mm, .38s, .44s, whatever I felt like trying out.

    I used to service my own car, back when I had a simpler car: oil changes, basic tune-ups, replacing belts, hoses, alternators... And I taught a lesbian how to change a car tire once.
  • DiverScience

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    Mar 26, 2008 5:09 PM GMT
    Any stereotypical hobbies/skills, Eric?

    Personally, I wish I was more adept at cars, but that's always been my brother's forte. I do better with biology, he with machines.

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    Mar 26, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
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    That's when I'm not doing archery... or manure shoveling


    *swoon*

    *plop*

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 26, 2008 5:39 PM GMT
    Diver, I'm a little confused; what kind of stereotyped male are you thinking of? Non-geek macho male?

    Even my "macho male" interests (periodic weight training and an attempted increased interest in sports) are derived from my geekiness rather than a genuine jockhood. My (currently on hiatus) skill for command belching could be jockish, except that it's also geeky.

    I have a couple of stereotypical male traits though (a sense for practicality and a decent directional sense).

    The rest of my hobbies span geekdom and stereotypical femininity: RPGs, video / computer games, religious studies, photography, politics, studies of deviance (particularly sexual) and criminology, analyses of evil, creative writing, visual and audible art, speculation regarding our species' future, and more.
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    Mar 26, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    Yeah, same here. Who knew cooking could be sultry?

    Those that fit
    Fitness
    Style of dress (casual to casual dress, and modestly)
    Voice
    Speaking manner and tone
    Not liking to shop for long periods of time
    Driving
    Not asking for directions
    Hitting the heavy bag

    Technical theater
    Construction, basic
    Leadership-esque qualities and skills
    Dogs

    Those that don't fit

    Waaaaay too much knowledge of Buffy, Angel and Firefly
    The ability to dress myself well
    Theater performance
    RPGs
    LARPing
    Having about 10 leather bracelets that I regularly rotate
    Jewelry, rings
  • art_smass

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    Mar 26, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    Is LARPing gay? I just thought it was nerdy.
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    Mar 26, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    Hmmm...so my most stereotypical guy stuff?

    I'm pretty good at all basic carpentry and "fix-it" stuff around the house. Same thing with basic auto needs (if I wanted to change my oil myself, I could). In other words, I'm not afraid of power tools, and I know how to use them. My dad started teaching me theses things when I was 5 years old, haha!

    All the non-typical guy stuff would be my regular hobbies (cooking, art & photography, video games, reading, etc...).

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    Mar 26, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    I draw. I write. I make comic books. I was into RPGs (DnD, Vampire: The Masquerade, etc.), and did LARP a couple of times. I love to cook.

    Oh, and karaoke! :-)
  • jarhead5536

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    Mar 26, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    Most nonstereotypical skills: I am a very, very good shot with a rifle or pistol. I can credibly intimidate drunk straight guys in a bar. I can fix my own car. I drink beer out of a can and crush the can with one hand (that one's new, it IS Montana after all).

    Most stereotypical skill: I play the flute. I have long hair (that one's new also, it IS Montana after all). My straight women friends trust me implicitly to pick out their clothes.
  • DiverScience

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    Mar 26, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth saidDiver, I'm a little confused; what kind of stereotyped male are you thinking of? Non-geek macho male?

    Even my "macho male" interests (periodic weight training and an attempted increased interest in sports) are derived from my geekiness rather than a genuine jockhood. My (currently on hiatus) skill for command belching could be jockish, except that it's also geeky.

    I have a couple of stereotypical male traits though (a sense for practicality and a decent directional sense).

    The rest of my hobbies span geekdom and stereotypical femininity: RPGs, video / computer games, religious studies, photography, politics, studies of deviance (particularly sexual) and criminology, analyses of evil, creative writing, visual and audible art, speculation regarding our species' future, and more.


    Geeks are hardly considered the stereotype of masculinity. There's a reason the guys in the gaming store always gave me funny looks when I went in there, as if they were half expecting me to demand their lunch money.
  • DiverScience

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    Mar 26, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    art_smass saidIs LARPing gay? I just thought it was nerdy.


    I was referring to "masculine" not gay. And so, yes, LARPing would fall under "not stereotypically masculine" (but can be lots of fun)
  • art_smass

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    Mar 26, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    Okay.

    I have a couple of part-time, seasonal jobs to augment my income when I'm not making any money writing. One of them is in a hardware store selling tools. How manly is that?
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 26, 2008 6:40 PM GMT
    Ah, in that case, I have developed just about no stereotypically masculine hobbies (though some of them seem interesting). The masculine hobbies I am interested in learning are practically oriented (basic car mechanics, carpentry, and other basic manual labor).

    Your experience with the RPG store reminds me of some of the girls that I played D&D with in college; being exceptionally attractive (in a mainstream sense of attractiveness) and female in a gamer store was apparently kind of creepy.
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    Mar 26, 2008 6:43 PM GMT
    what is LARPing and RPGs?
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 26, 2008 6:48 PM GMT
    RPGs = roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons; they're usually cooperative games that consist of the players, dice for random chance, rulesets, and imagination

    LARPs = live-action roleplaying; similar principles as the aforementioned games, except that you act out your actions within a particular ruleset (often smacking each other with foam-covered weapons)

    An example of the latter:

    Amtgard "Live the Adventure" Promotional Video


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    Addendum: upon seeing that video, gawd damn(!), how I detested that piece of crap poem that was the Amtgard healing spell. I would have much preferred repeating the word "heal" x number of times to that "mending bones" and "white light of healing" malarkey.
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    Mar 26, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    Most of my interests, skills and hobbies are in the "stereotypical" straight category. These include aviation (was seriously considering air traffic controller as a career), finance, economics, sports, naval history, etc.. I hate shopping, fashion, cooking. A matter of fact I am a lousy consumer and a failure as a materialist. Capitalism would have collapesd decades ago if everyone was like me.

    The only unstereotypical interest I have is dancing and possibly art.



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    Mar 26, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    Well, Nick, and Diver you may be able to back me up on this, there aren't a lot of gay gamers, or at least those that choose to make themselves known.
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    Mar 26, 2008 7:01 PM GMT
    ahh thanks NickoftheNorth.

    Sterotypical skills and hobbies

    Sports
    Ride Bulls / Rodeo
    Archery
    Guns (shotguns, HP rifles, handguns)
    Hunting
    Welding
    Construction - framing, rocking,finishing, electrical, plumbing, roofing
    Ranching - baling, wrangling, shit shoveling
    Cuss up a storm
    Burps that shake houses
    Forestry work - chipping, chainsawing
    Never ask for directions
    Mechanical work - anything from trucks, boats, tractors, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and ATVs
    I can't match clothes

    Nonesterotypical

    Cooking - although i don't see why cooking is in this category
    Forestry work - pruning, landscape design
    The need to help people
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 26, 2008 7:12 PM GMT
    Hmm..."Burps that shake houses"...*swoons*

    Perhaps I should have added that I have sexual fetish for male burps / belches icon_razz.gif

    As to gay RPGers, they seem to be few and far between (I'll guess it's kind of the way gay jocks may seem few and far between). VelvetDiceBag.net has helped organize at least some of us. Being a gamer is stigmatized as it is; being a gay gamer may be doubly so.

    Tabletop gaming hasn't made any notable entreaties toward gay gamers that I can recall (granted, it's taking them long enough just to properly market toward girl and women gamers).

    Though I am curious as to how you experienced it, Diver, being a gay jock & gamer guy.
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    Mar 26, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    Sterotypical skills and hobbies

    Sports - watching AND playing/doing; hiking; anything involving water
    Driving - Drive too fast and never ask for directions
    Mechanical - watch out if I've got a drill or screwdriver in my hand!
    Shopping - Hate, I mean HATE shopping for clothes
    Cleaning - don't do it. Husband SWEARS I'm straight when he walks into my bathroom (which is why we have separate bathrooms)
    Videogames - love to blow sh!t up
    Pets - WANT two German Shepards

    Updated 4:45P just thought of another for this column - I LOVE me a good cigar.

    Nonesterotypical

    Dancing - Love to dance even if I look like a fool
    Magazines - read all the mo mags
    Music - a total sucker for the typical mo dance music
    Pets - HAVE two cats
    Hmmm, there's got to be others....I'll get back to you if I think of any...

    Updated 10:30P After reading LaSalle's offering, I remembered, I have a small drugstore in shower products.
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    Mar 26, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    I like me some big boobies.
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    Mar 26, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    Should cooking not be neutral in this. As if we don't eat, we don't shit, then we die.......

    One happens to be a very good cook, but then one was cooking at 10, as well other things.

    Took one 7 years to dig one hole,(mind you a very big hole, about 20 foot round, and 7 to 8 feet deep) though rock, and very hard clay, with nothing but a crow bar, and shovel, and my labor. Just to fill again, So one could plant a Grandiflora Magnolia. This is only one hole out of many and trench's.

    One has scuba dived with sharks, and did not shit ones self. next time one does this, I want it to be with White Pointers, such a beautiful creature.

    One has also been a lumber Jack, were I used dam big machinery, but then. I got to do this on the farm too. Were One, also wrestled with cattle, and mom. carted hay in the moons light, now that's dam hard work.

    But now one works, in the medical profession. This is not very manly work! need to get back to the farm........
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    Mar 26, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    You're great, Pat;)