I received a review copy of an outrageously funny book, Just Don’t Call Me Ma’am: How I Ditched the South, Forgot My Manners, and Managed to Survive My Twenties With (Most Of) My Dignity Still Intact (Best book title ever, right?!) by author Anna Mitchael. Mitchael perfectly described what it’s like to be a twenty something woman going against her southern roots and finding her own way, much to the chagrin of her opinionated family. Let’s just say I can relate!
The book is packed with gems like “well-traveled” va-jay jays and “olfactory glands don’t lie” that truly had me laughing uncontrollably. One particular chapter was about Cohabitation Crimes, a somewhat cautionary tale about shacking up. Living with your partner is a big no no to southern parents who are hardcore about traditional relationships.
Mitchael described her foray into shacking up as the time she spent living in “Too Close for Comfort Without Breaks for Federal Taxes or Non-Monogamous Sex-ville”. Oh yes, I can imagine what she went through when she told her southern family that she was going to go live in sin. Yeah, they still call it that!
Have you ever considered shacking up with your partner? Did you take a lot of heat about it from your family and friends?
If you were raised in the south, have you found it difficult to navigate the modern day dating scene that isn’t always traditional?
Do you think that your traditional southern upbringing has helped or hindered you when it comes to dating and relationships? If you were raised in the north, did you have to adjust your dating habits when you moved here?