It was an interesting comment brought up in the last post.
Upper middle class women most commonly enjoy the following hobbies: shopping (mostly for clothes), trendy exercise such as yoga and running, traveling, and… well I can’t really think of anything else.
Artsy hobbies like painting may seem girly, but my experience attending some arts classes is that there are slightly more men than women doing that type of stuff. (I recall the Jamie Johnson movie Born Rich in which Jamie’s dad spends most of his time oil painting. Rich moms spend most of their time planning parties and doing philanthropy. Jamie’s mom probably spends most of the money in the family. Oil painting is cheap.) Crafts type hobbies like scrapbooking (as well as knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, beading, flower arranging, and other crafts served by Michaels stores) is strictly female, but it’s middle class and high prole, not upper middle class.
Competitive sports veers strongly male. (Except maybe for competitive horse riding, a sport enjoyed by Georgina Bloomberg.) As mentioned above, upper middle class women like trendy non-competitive exercise. Manly exercise like lifting weights is more often done by high prole and middle class women.
Any hobbies that involve technology, science, or building things is nearly 100% male. These tend to be what people traditionally think of as “hobbies,” like model railroading, restoring old cars, ham radio. It’s purely male.
Most game playing, such as cards, board games, chess, video games, Dungeons and Dragons, are mostly male. I hear that scrabble is one of the few board games preferred by women.
I’ve never been bird watching, but for some reason I suspect it’s mostly male. It sounds too geeky to be a female thing. Women will vote for liberal politicians who support the protection of animal species, but women aren’t actually interested in observing the species through binoculars.
Here’s a list of hobbies at Wikipedia.
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I’m working on a good post involving the General Social Survey and marriage, but I need another day.