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Charlotte, NC: Home of manly men who eat bacon cupcakes

By July 29, 2010 12 Comments

Charlotte, NC is apparently the place to be for

Looking for somewhere to vacation this summer? How about Charlotte, North Carolina, recently named “America’s Manliest City”?

I’m sure it’s a lovely place, but the title drives me crazy. The Manliest City Competition, created by snack company Combos, is a great example of how our society uses labels like “manliness” and “girliness” to define acceptable behavior based on gender.

Let’s take a look at the Manliest City Competition criteria. Cities were ranked more manly based on such factors as:

1. The number of home improvement stores

2. The number of steak houses and power tools per capita, and

3. Manly occupations, including firefighters, construction workers, police officers, and EMT personnel.