Oh my, I got into this discussion with a group of construction contractors last year. Across the board, the opinion was: If you sit you ain't a dude, period. Frankly, if that is one's attitude, I would be leary of going out on his boat as he is obviously making decisions for the wrong reasons. Practicality has to come into play when safety is concerned. Case in point: Skipper and one crew out for a daysail. Skipper goes below to take a leak. Crew is completely inexperienced, but skipper says "just hold this course and I'll be back long before I'm needed". Oops. Skipper falls, bangs head and is now unconscious with drawers around his ankles. This situation will likely lead to an unpleasant ending. I was that skipper. Although I was not knocked unconscious, it was the last time I stood in a head.
"A Small Sailing Craft is not only Beautiful, it is Seductive and Full of Strange Promise and the Hint of Trouble"
E.B. White; "The Sea and the Wind that Blows"