But, I'm a firm believer that true Southern gentlemen are an exceptional breed, and here's why: Their mommas just raised 'em right.
They are taught from an early age that women are to be treated with the utmost respect and that chivalry is not only alive and well, it is expected and necessary.
A Southern gentleman knows you can take care of yourself and you don't NEED him to survive, but that doesn't mean he won't make it a point to make considerate gestures and make you feel loved. Cowboy boots are a Southern staple, and Southern men have mastered the art of making them work with just about any ensemble.
I have spent a significant amount of time dating, meeting, working and socializing with men from all over the country, and can now say the results are officially in: There's nothing better than a good Southern man.
As a self-proclaimed feminist, some people are surprised I value the traditional traits of a Southern man.
While I do think there are some stereotypes about the traditional male-female gender roles still true in the South, my experience with true Southern men has been nothing but empowering and encouraging.