Oklahoma City is number 3 on this list of Manliest Cities, up 22 spots from last year. (Tulsa isn’t on the list at all.) The criteria for manliness amuses me. It seems to me that it’s really the criteria for “redneck” or maybe “macho”. Criteria included professional sports teams, number of pickups and motorcycles registered, number of chicken wing and steak restaurants, number of western apparel stores, number of manly occupations, etc. It’s not surprising that 7 of the top 10 are southern cities.
Of course I roll my eyes at all of this. A man who drives an economy car and reads good books and can talk about them intelligently seems at least as manly to me as one who drives a pickup and prefers to talk about sports. But I’m a woman so what would I know? When guys worry about their manliness (and they all do) they’re only concerned about impressing other men.