The only men I know who sew are enrolled in design school, and they intend to become professional designers or patternmakers. They don't do it just for the pleasure of it, and they certainly expect to move on to more glamorous parts of the industry once they've paid their dues. This strikes me as a curious thing.
It's like cooking: women have done the brunt of it for the history of time, but people who become rich and famous for their cooking skills are usually men. Likewise, women have done the majority of garment work in the U.S., but famous designers in this country have typically been male (and white). Luckily, the field has gradually opened up more to women - and at a slower rate, people of color. But, as shown in the sculpture at the heart of the Garment District (photo above), the face of the garment worker is still, oddly, male.
So what about sewing for pleasure? Certainly there are many men who cook as a hobby now (my husband included), but I can't say I know any men who sew just for the sheer enjoyment of it. And there's something about this that I find troublesome. I've heard men laugh about their shoddy attempts at sewing in Home Ec (at least the ones who actually took home ec, once it was required for both girls and boys), and there seems to be an undercurrent to their amusement: that boys just physically can't sew.
My husband claims he doesn't have the manual dexterity required for sewing. But he also has absolutely not a single iota of sewing knowledge. I once asked him to pin something on me while I was fitting it, and he didn't know how to pin fabric. He actually just poked the pin once straight through two layers of fabric, and then seemed befuddled when it didn't stay put. Whether or not this is a question of manual dexterity, it seems so foreign to me not to know how to pin two pieces of fabric together. As a child of the female variety, I spent a lot of time around my mother's sewing. I took a sewing class as a ten-year-old, and I did sewing activities in Girl Scouts. It would have been quite impossible for me to grow up without any sewing knowledge whatsoever. But I think it's a fair guess that Boy Scouts aren't learning to make quilted potholders.
So. What say you on this subject? I would certainly like to hear of men you know who sew as a hobby, if you indeed know any.