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15 Surefire Ways To Win A Southern Girl's Heart

Let me be your sweet-tea.

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1. Open the door for her, and for those around you.

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OK, I'm not being misogynist or trying to reinforce gender roles, I'm just saying open the door for her and anyone else coming through said doorway. Remember, "Let me get that for you" goes a long way not just with Southern women, but humans in general.

2. Just be polite, in general.

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You may not have been raised saying, "Sir" and "ma'am," but chances are she was so adding in a few here and there will show her you care. And who knows, the habit might just stick.

3. Don't patronize her about the South.

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As much as you may think you know about the culture and history of the South, there is no need to place your judgements of it, good or bad, on her.

4. Know what is and isn't the South.

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Miami is not the South, but Tallahassee is.

5. Don't just assume she hunts or fishes.

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Know where else people hunt and fish? Just about everywhere. But if she does, well then, have fun getting up at the crack of dawn to join her!

6. KNOW the difference between grilling some burgers and actual BBQ.

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Here, let me just tell you: If you say, "Let's go get some BBQ," she expects slow-cooked meats in either the dry-rubbed or wet variety, and not, I repeat NOT, burgers and hot dogs cooked on a Weber.

7. Learn everything you can about her family's favorite college team.

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I mean, you could luck out and find someone whose family doesn't care about sports. Maybe.

8. Try whatever food is put in front of you.

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Never heard of mutton? Well, she has and it's her favorite, so it's your lucky day!

9. Especially the sweet tea.

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Trust me, once you go sweet your life is complete.

10. Embrace her family, warts and all.

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Because they'll embrace you whether you like it or not.

11. Don't make fun of her accent.

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Just... no.

12. Learn to give directions by landmarks.

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"Turn left at the second big oak tree, and then on the left you'll see the big blue bridge. Two more minutes and you're there." – You

"I think I love you." – Her

13. Don't assume she listens to country music.

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Know what else she might listen to? Literally anything because this is 2014.

14. Don't assume she rides a horse/has a horse/looOOoooves horses.

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But if she is a horse gal, than saddle up! And I don't mean that how you think I mean it, pervo.

15. Let her surprise you.

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The best thing about her being from the South is the fact that she will surprise you daily. Why? Because she is a person just like anyone else, duh? But being from the South is just the icing on the armadillo cake.

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