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Real Southern Rules: Shameless Self-Promotion

We live in an age of self-promotion. And I’m just as bad as anyone about it. Sadly, this situation is just further proof of the fact that I’m no Real Southern Man, because …

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Real Southern Rule: Do it Right (RSM Goes on Hiatus)

Rather than do our job here poorly, we are putting RSM on hiatus until September. Read the full post to learn why…

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Real Southern Rules: Cane Pole Fishin’

The only way you could simplify fishing any more than using a cane pole would be to just tie a line on a stick. But an oak branch or maple sapling could never capture the perfectly pragmatic spirit of the cane pole.

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Real Southern Rules: Playing Hurt

Southern men are notorious for playing hurt. What’s a half sawn-off thumb, a dangling ear or a broken leg to keep a man from doing what he needs to do?

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Real Southern Rules: Three Easy Steps to a Manly Beard

It may not be a universal rule of Southern manhood, but if you look at the Southern men who have had the most impact on the history of the world — Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Z.Z. Top, Charlie Daniels and the like — they all have one thing in common: a thick, manly beard.

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How to be A Fake Southern Man: An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

There was a conspicuous spike in hits, especially to our Real Southern Rules category, the day before the Alabama and Mississippi primaries. Coincidence? We think not.

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Gun or Truck? Let the debate begin!

When we recently posted our 10-Step Program for Real Southerness, it of course evoked some debates about what was included and what was not. One such debate deserves a bit of reckoning. Reader Jill Manuel noted the lack of one iconic piece of Southern manhood: the pick-up truck. We admit; we blew it. How we […]

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The 10-Step Program of Real Southerness

We asked for help, and you answered the call. Thanks to your input, we now have the world’s first* 10-step program for becoming a Real Southerner. There’s no point in belaboring the … point; so let’s get right to it.

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Help Us Decide: 10 Steps to Real Southerness

Let’s face it, this country is plagued with an epidemic of non-Southernness. We could sit back and complain about it, or we could change things. Being that Real Southern Men are men of action, we choose the latter.

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