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Attaching yourself to a kite: undoubtedly manly.

Kite flying–an arguably fun activity that can show one’s prowess in aerodynamics, design, or craftiness. Kite flying is an activity worthy of a merit badge in the Boy Scouts, and was involved in the discovery of electricity–but often shows up in the form of flying a colorful bumblebee high in the sky. Let’s settle the score once and for all: is flying a kite manly or not manly?

The argument for manly: Kites are awesome. Take, for instance, Ben Franklin and his key attached to the kite. Discovering electricity and how to harness it was certainly a manly and awesome achievement. Additionally, flying kites is a great way to bond with your son, and being a good father is one of the manliest things you can do. Knowing how to build and fly a kite is certainly a manly skill and might come in handy if you’re ever stranded on an island and need to send signals to passing planes. While many kites are pretty fruity, the act of flying a kite can come in handy in many situations, and can serve as a great activity to engage in with your child.

The argument for not manly: It’s hard to justify the manliness of an activity that involves holding a string attached to a colorful object floating in the air. Much like walking around with a balloon is pretty boyish and not manly, flying a kite is no better than that. Even if you have one of those trick kites with strings attached to both sides, you look like a pretty huge tool if you get all geeked out on doing a barrel roll with a kite. If you’re looking for something to do on a windy day, you should take up sailing and become the captain of a ship.

What do you say, readers? Manly? Not manly? Or does it depend on the situation (explain in the comments)?

Manly or Not Manly: Kite Flying

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