Monday, August 15, 2011

Want romance? Too bad

I'm surprised that our region is absent from this list of the top 10 cities to find a romantic man.

San Francisco took the No. 1 spot.

The closest thing to a Southern city on the list is Austin, Texas (No. 3). But there's no mention of Atlanta, Birmingham, or anywhere in Georgia or Alabama.

That strikes me as somewhat strange, since discussions of our state often include references to Southern hospitality and nice Southern gentlemen.

The list, compiled by, relies on "data based on the personality types of American singles."

So yes, maybe it's not entirely grounded in science. But I think the lack of a significant Southern presence warrants discussion.

Is the image of the traditional Southern gentleman a myth? And if he exists, is that Southern gentleman unromantic?