I've been curious about this, and I've searched the internet and found some interesting things.
I searched the forum and the last thing I found was a few years ago, so I thought some refreshed discussion could be had on the topic.
I live in Fort Worth, TX and I feel that this is a city with a manly persona of the Cowboy, as they still do cattle drives through the streets (for tourists) but also, this being Texas, men can pretty much be who they want to be. I've read many things Brett has posted about Vermont being a pretty manly place, in a more classic sense of the woodsman, and while I've never been to Vermont, I think he's probably right as well.
I've often thought the Pacific Northwest and New England (Upstate NY, Vermont, NH, Maine) would be quite manly places, as well as Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas. Most of the reasons behind my choosing of those places is that there seems to be more outdoor type things to do, and more people willing to do those things, and also they are colder climates, making the tough, hardy men the people who would I would imagine would populate such a place. No whining about "it's too cold, too much snow". I believe being outdoors refreshes your manly soul and getting in touch with nature is a very masculine thing. I feel cities can have a tendency to drain your masculinity, because you are more exposed to advertising and the media and would be more likely to be influenced by those things, versus someone who spent more time conversing with nature would be who the hell they wanted to be and wouldn't give two flips about someone thinking he needed to change who he was. That being said, I do like living in a city right now for some of the things there are to do here.
Do you think there are some places that are more masculine than others? If so, why?
Where are some manly places and what makes them manly?
I think Alaska probably breaks the manliest places scale. Bears, Moose, epic cold and snow, vast uncharted wilderness, so very good addition.
I don't think I'd live there though.
Halibut in the middle and a codfish or similar fish on the right. Whats the two on the left?
How about Manly, New South Wales?
Ha, it's funny you mention that, google manly cities and alot of results are about Manly, NSW.
Lol, Manly NSW is in Australia. Nice place. Near Sydney.
I'm assuming in Newfoundland that word has a different meaning?
No. It means the same. The area has had that name since the late-1600s or early 1700s. No one knows from where.
Well that has to make for an entertaining time. My Junior High's mascot was the Trojans...the mascot looked just like the Trojan Man. Yeah...it was funny.
What does it mean to "be who the hell they wanted to be" and not "give two flips about someone thinking he needed to change who he was"? Often people want to be racist, misogynist, violent idiots. It doesn't mean they should just be who the hell they want to be without challenge.
And it's masculine to have miniature cattle drives as a show for tourists? Sounds more like play-acting than real manliness. The Cowboy and the Woodsman are stereotypes, romantic ideals that do not exist in reality. Why do we have to strive for some invented dream world instead of dealing with the real one around us?