Defining a Southern Woman in 3 Words Posted by: Rod Ford | 1 Comment
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like a Southern woman.
She’s thoughtful, refined, beautiful … maybe a little mercurial … but the one things she does best is put others before herself. At heart, she’s a caretaker, seeing to the needs of everyone around her, and then, at long last, herself. She’s tough, outspoken and charming, all at once. She can be a little stereotypical, too, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
This Garden and Gun essay on Southern women is a few years old but gaining traction again, and for good reason — it’s just so damn true. Here’s a snippet:
To be born a Southern woman is to be made aware of your distinctiveness. And with it, the rules. The expectations. These vary some, but all follow the same basic template, which is, fundamentally, no matter what the circumstance, Southern women make the effort. Which is why even the girls in the trailer parks paint their nails. And why overstressed working moms still bake three dozen homemade cookies for the school fund-raiser. And why you will never see Reese Witherspoon wearing sweatpants. Or Oprah take a nap.
What do you think defines a Southern woman? Give us three words.
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