Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Manliest" Cities in America? Barf.

Yes, there is such a thing as the “Top 50 Manliest Cities” in the U.S. - the study (which I can't believe someone spent money on) found that Nashville, Tennessee is the "mecca of manliness." Why, you may ask? Well, apparently Nashville has great sports teams, monster truck rallies, lots of hardware stores and an abundance of salty snacks.

Yes indeed folks, those are the criteria by which the manliest cities were judged. Cities also lost points if they had more "feminine attributes" such as high mini-van sales, lots of home furnishing stores and high subscription rates to beauty/fashion magazines.

What do these pathetic "categories of manliness" say about the state of American masculinity if men can be reduced to such tired stereotypes? If I were a man I'd be insulted by this study that claims that manliness is all about sports, power tools and fatty food.

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