Some people will fight bitterly about gender roles in modern society. Well, let’s just say that argument is mute in a good square dance. The reason for that is because there are clearly defined gender roles in MWSD. And role reversal is not a common or appreciated part of this country tradition.
You see, MWSD is broken down in these roles, and it needs them to function properly. The cowboys consist of for men, called the gentlemen and in contrast there are four ladies. Their identity is maintained over the course of the dance, and to switch comes with not at least some stigma. The caller also requires these roles, since his calls reflect the cowboys and girls. While the number of dance steps for each group is small, they are often used to convey different dance actions for male and female dancers. While the actual gender is not relevant, the moves assigned to the gender assumes everyone is pulling on the same line. If you don’t know what you are supposed to do it isn’t a dance it is chaos.
Still, as is common today, the YSD does have more switching of gender roles. As a small example you may have a boy dance his tip and then in the next he’ll dance the part of the girl. Once reason this is more common is because the youth are able to learn the steps more quickly and they pick up both sets. The same characteristics can be found in same-sex square dancing. Or in the more skilled challange-level forms of MWSD.
We’re free. Free to pick and choose, free to love and laugh. Free to spend time with our friends and family. Free. That is what our country has given us in its long history. And there isn’t another lifestyle that embodies all of this more than that of the country.
Having a personal identity is important, it gives us stability because it allows us relax. It gives us a chance to meet people with similar views and values. While this is often linked to a particular region there isn’t a region in the US that is larger than “the country.”
From coast to coast we’ve got the most wide spread and diverse culture in the US. The reason for that is because the majority of this nation is “landlocked” Much of this area is used for agricultural or livestock purposes and this has almost always been categorically a country way of life.
While modern life has improved quality of life for many people spread across the US it hasn’t stripped away the values and connection nearly as much as in the big city. We’re still connected through community and in other ways:
- Political views
Still the country is present in other places, even places you wouldn’t expect to find it. The expression is true to heart: “you can take the girl[sic] out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” I modified that a little if you didn’t notice.
Have a good one.
Culturally, socially, or personally, country is a lifestyle. But why is it a way of life? What does it mean to you? Believe it or not the term wasn’t even coined until 1950. The first person to use the phrase was an Austrian psychologist, Alfred Adler. Prior to that a life style was just a way of living. Alfred used the term in conjunction with modernist art. The subject of which was to determine the difference between intangible and tangible factors.
He linked the tangible aspects to the demographic elements of a person. This profile built the basis for a particular lifestyle. In the country the link is as easy to follow as the suburban or city life. You are defined by your location for this profile. This makes categorization easy. But that isn’t always the case, and you surely saw that yourself while reading this post. What happens when you don’t live in the country?
Can you have a lifestyle outside of your location?
Of course you can. Many people living elsewhere embody a different lifestyle than that “home.” Since this was the case with many people living in the city the intangible profile appears. This is the more interesting aspect of the classification. It covers personal values (strong family values), preferences (music, food and dress) and outlooks. By looking at the lifestyle in the country you can easily place a template over the different factors you hold dear and see how easily they fall into place.
Places and People
Now that you know how to apply the different profiles you can easily compare the life in the country to that of the city. Location while tangible is important to scope of ones intangible character. How often have you spotted somebody in your area that didn’t match with the current expectations you have? Areas where the common style of life is narrow these types of people tend to stand out. The border and more diluted the patterns become it becomes increasingly difficult. This could be termed a melting pot.
Lets break up the country into a number of different segments. Coastal? When areas have more access to the sea you get nautical, or surfing culture. Land locked regions have a different outlook. Not many surfers, but maybe some cowboys and girls.
The country has always drawn people to it, but it hasn’t been since the last decade or so that it has really taken a front seat in our culture. Both through music and other forms of entertainment it has been able to share the values that are important to us with a broader range of people.
And its growth only shows it is endearing.