What is a Southern Belle?

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GeorgiaJanet bills herself as a bohemian southern belle. See the tagline up in the right hand corner?

A Bohemian Southern Belle author, empowering strong women through prose and poetry.  

Just what is a bohemian southern belle? You’ll have to wait until the next post for my definition of that. For a sneak preview, on August 13th, 2017, check out Bienvenue Press’ Front Porch blog .


The traditional Southern belle…

is often thought of as a simpering, weak, air-head, soft as a cotton boll. But just like a cotton boll, beneath the fluffy appearance are thorn-like burs that can rip you to shreds. Most people base their notion of a southern belle on the quintessential character of Scarlett O’Hara. However, after reading this post and the next one, I think you will find Scarlett portrays more of the bohemian than the traditional southern belle.





These memes depict some customary ideas about southern belles.
















It’s all about the manners.

Traditional southern belles are known for their manners. How to tell the difference between redneck and southern? It’s all about manners. Take a look at this:


  Links for true southern etiquette:

Manners for the Modern Southern Belle 

8 Southern etiquette rules you should follow every day 

How to Have Good Southern Manners


Southern belles are great fodder for humor. 




These books can help.

Need a primer on how to be a southern belle?  



That’s all for now, y’all. Check back next week for an alternative view featuring a bohemian southern belle.

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2 Responses to What is a Southern Belle?

  1. Linda says:

    The true Southern Belle follows most negative comments about another woman with “Bless her heart”…as in “she had bedpost legs, bless her heart…”! Bedpost legs was a descriptive term we heard during our growing up years…meaning thick legs with not much definition where the ankle starts…

    • georgiajanet says:

      You are absolutely correct about the “bless her heart.” It somehow makes an insult acceptable. Never heard the term bedpost legs – that’s a new one on me.

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