Charlotte Named “The Manliest City in America”…Woo-hoo

by Debbie Stoller

“The City of Queens” has just been crowned the “Manliest City in America.” [cue the confetti]

Having come in second in 2009, Charlotte, NC managed to beat last year’s winner Nashville, TN which dropped to fourth in the rankings. 

Some of the other 50 major cities who appear to have grown a pair since last year include Chicago, Washington D.C, Baltimore and Philadelphia which all broke the top 10 this year. 

The rankings were based on criteria of ever-so manly things like the number of home improvement stores, steak houses, pickup trucks, and motorcycles per capita. 

Ya know, because ladies don’t shop at home improvement stores, enjoy steak, or drive pickup trucks.

And just in case the study wasn’t already offensive enough, they also added a “manly occupations” category this year to “recognize the hard-working guys that make so many American cities great places to live.” 

Obviously, these said occupations include fire fighters, police officers, construction workers and EMT personnel. Funny, I thought this was 2010…not 1942. 

So who commissioned this ridiculously sexist study?

The makers of Combos (yes, as in the little pretzels with cheese in the middle). 

Call me crazy, but I never really thought of Combos as ‘the man’s man snack of choice.’ I also think it’s kinda funny that they’re boosting the male ego as a promotional ploy to get more dudes to eat one inch, cheese-filled pretzels. 

Perhaps they should make them longer and thicker then change their name to Macheesemos

In related news, having landed at #50 on the list, it appears that Portland, OR may just be the “Most Feminine City in America” (or just really lame). 


(Sorry female Portlanders, I’m sure it’s a lovely city…even if it isn’t heaping with testosterone).



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