Monday, August 3, 2009

I Have Never Used the Word "Howdy" and Other Texan Stereotypes Debunked

When traveling outside of my home state I have been asked some of the craziest things about Texas. I suppose since most of the world has seen images from western movies and the sitcom Dallas, Texas has a reputation for being a wild west of sorts. Growing up in Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, I never experienced anything out of a western movie. Below are some other stereotypes that do not fit the average Texan:

  • We do not all have oil wells in our backyards. I wish we did as I would be much wealthier!

  • We do not have huge Texas hair. In fact, with the humidity here I am not sure how girls could get their hair to stand up that far off of their scalp. Mine usually falls flat after I step a foot out the door.

  • Not all Texans have a country accent. In fact, many of the larger cities are such melting pots for many cultures so rarely do you find someone that sounds like the Texas people who are portrayed on television.

  • We do not all own cows. In fact, I don't even eat beef.

  • On the subject of cows, I also hate the rodeo as I think it is very inhumane. Everything from the calf scramble to the bull riding is so cruel in my opinion.

  • Not everyone here wears cowboy boots and hats. I have never in my life owned either.

Texas has many more things to offer than the cowboy lifestyle. From world known cities like Houston and Dallas to the awesome weirdness that is Austin there is something here for everyone.


Adrienne said...

Thank you so much for clarifying this. When I lived in New Orleans, I worked for a guy that was convinced that we were all cattle ranchers. Then when I lived in San Francisco, I had classes with a guy that was sure that I stepped out of the house everyday only to see tumbleweeds blowing by. I honestly don't understand where people get this stuff. They know nothing about Houston!

Dorkys Ramos said...

Haha, great list! Thanks for setting the record straight. I'd love to get out there someday and see the real Texas.