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Old 01-09-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Well, I'm fixin' to contemplate what you said about accents.

My ex-SIL, who has a Master's degree from UT, sounds just like Paula Deen.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Is Texas like that stereotype? Parts of it are, but certainly not all of it. I certainly would not put Austin, Dallas (or even Fort Worth), San Antonio, or Houston in that boat because they are nothing like that.

The best thing I can say is that unlike California, in Texas people in the large cities think extremely different from people in the rural areas.
Funny thing is that's pretty much the whole state! DFW and Houston combined make up half the population as it is. Yet we get stereotyped by a smaller portion of the population who live in say rural east or west Texas. I think people see those characteristics as blaringly definitive while the rest of us "regular" people go unnoticed.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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How many rural areas have you lived in, justme02? Because this does not fit in with the people that I've known in rural areas and I've lived in cities, small towns, and rural areas in Texas over the course of my life.

This statement, itself, common as it is, is a form of stereotyping.
True, but there is definitely some truth in what he said, having lived in Azle, Whiskey Flats and stayed in other rural ares myself. I wouldn't say he's too far off base.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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True, but there is definitely some truth in what he said, having lived in Azle, Whiskey Flats and stayed in other rural ares myself. I wouldn't say he's too far off base.
Having been to Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. You can find many people who exhibit these characteristics within these areas.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Having been to Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. You can find many people who exhibit these characteristics within these areas.
Heck, you can find people who exhibit those characteristics in pretty much any state in the Union, if that's what you're expecting to find or looking for to shore up your preconceived notions.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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El Paso. When you threw in El Paso; that threw me off. El Paso is neither Liberal nor a haven for gays.
El Paso is about as liberal as it gets - in many political races it's no Republican or other Conservative need bother to run. In many precincts there is absolutely no chance a non-liberal democrat could ever win. Never.

It might not be a gay-haven like San Francisco but many gays live here and do just fine. El Paso is not Bible belt by any stretch of the imagination - in fact it would be difficult to find a city with more nudie bars and strip clubs and advertisement everywhere for them.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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El Paso is about as liberal as it gets - in many political races it's no Republican or other Conservative need bother to run. In many precincts there is absolutely no chance a non-liberal democrat could ever win. Never.

It might not be a gay-haven like San Francisco but many gays live here and do just fine. El Paso is not Bible belt by any stretch of the imagination - in fact it would be difficult to find a city with more nudie bars and strip clubs and advertisement everywhere for them.

High Latino population. They usually along with most minorites always vote democratic. It appears you may be confusing liberal with democratic and I'm not seeing the correlation with strip clubs/nudie bars and liberalness.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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This is true. There's many a person who's stereotyped someone as ignorant or not very smart because of where they're from or what their accent is only to find out their error too late and to their regret.
Stereotype against type:

Ol' J.R. Ewing liked it when people thought he was a dumb Texan. That distracted them as he moved in for the kill.
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Broomfield, CO
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You haven't offended anyone (except maybe those who fit this description) Unfortunately, Texas fits many of the stereotypes that it has throughout the nation and world. It most certainly is a cowboy, gun slingin state with tons and tons of uneducated rednecks. Of course, there are some higher end people here, but they mainly reside in the nicer parts of the big metro areas. Absolutely anti-gay. I can't conceive of why a gay person would come within 100 miles of the borders of Texas. Don't know much about the beer drinking, but down here "deepindahearta" they love to drink beer while watching the longhorns high school football team!! HOOK EM HORNS (whatever that means).

Can't vouch for the numbers of trailerparks either. Ever been to Misery??? yikes!!!

If you must deal with Texas in anyway, stick to the big cities like Dallas and Houston. There is some culture there and at times you can forget that Texas surrounds you (although it's not easy)


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Is it just like the stereotype that Britain and maybe America see it as?

(Dont want to offend)

The way we see it (Or hear it) is, country lovers, very religious, anti-gay, sit and watch NASCAR with a beer (Or 10) in hand. (I know the next bit is wrong) But we also see most of Texas as trailer park folk.

Is it close? Way off? little bits?

Im not sure but id like to find out how badly we have stereotyped Texas and its people without trying to offend your good selves.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: League City
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More like book 'em horns
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