I really wanted to confront the seniors and say, "Well, them cowboys way back when were murderers, rapists, and thieves, and you're fine with idolizing them like that?"
Arguing with ancient bigot is not the point of this post. What I want to really get at is, what is your idea of the cowboy?
Is wearing cowboy hats, jeans, and boots enough to make you a cowboy? Well, for me, there is something truly sexy about that attire, and men with great bodies really do wear it well. Look at NickDel Toro or the guy in this post! (And even if they are city boys playing dress up, they dress up nice!)
For me, being born in the Midwest or Plains doesn't cut it...because I've been bred here, and I am no cowboy. Living on a farm doesn't cut it either, because that just makes you a farmer. However, if you live on a ranch, ride a horse, and herd livestock...I guess, by definition, that's what a cowboy does.
But in addition to what you wear, where you live, or what you do...I think the romanticized version of the cowboy is that rugged confidence, that quiet but dangerous demeanor, and that mysterious charm.