I’ll come right out and say it. I am a sucker for anything with a British flag, anything associated with the royal family (congrats, Will and Kate), and anyone with an accent. Especially the accent.

And in full Anglophile fashion, I wanted my first article for Literally, Darling to discuss exactly why American girls are so attracted to a man with an accent—specifically British men. Before you read this, you should be fully aware that this is neither fact-checked nor proven, and it is 100 percent biased.

  1. The fact that they are not American frat boys, guidos, or rednecks is critical. And yes, I’m fully aware there are American boys who do not fit into any of those categories. The style of an English male is mysterious, and difficult to pinpoint. You could see one rocking a Hollister or Superdry T-shirt (yikes) one day, and look just confident strolling around wearing stylish cuffed jeans and a Jack Wills button down the next day. They are certainly not the boys we see everyday at our college bars or in our hometowns.
  2. The Brits are down to drink. I know a few who could put even the hardest drinking frat star to shame. This might not go down as a positive thing in some girl’s books, but, if you’re like me, there is a certain level of attractiveness in someone who can handle their alcohol. With a drinking age of 18, the English (and other European) drinking culture is a bit more relaxed than the shot-for-shot environment in which many of us have grown accustomed to. Not to say Brits drink less, definitely not true, but they seem to be a bit more mature about drinking as a whole.
  3. Maybe it is simply the situation in which you meet them. The first time I truly interacted with a British guy was during a semester abroad in Exeter, England. I was there for three months, and was under the impression that I could possibly meet a prince, a royal, or at least have a romance abroad. Needless to say, that did not really happen. But there is something enchanting about being in a foreign place for a limited time. Most of the people you meet will be gone from your life as soon fly back over the Atlantic. So, YOLO, right?
  4. For those women who have not had the chance to go to the United Kingdom, you may have met the rare breed of ex-pats in America. I’ll admit, when I’m walking down the streets of Manhattan, I can’t help but double-take (fine, triple-take) whenever I hear a British accent coming from a guy. Unfortunately for us American girls, the ratio does not fall in our favor. There are a million girls like us dying to catch the eye of that captivating man from Britain we can’t take our eyes (or ears) off of. Just picture the devoted American following One Direction has developed, and you’ll get an idea of this concept.
  5. Is there anything sexier than a perfectly executed British one liner?
  6. Ed Westwick. Henry Cavill. Richard Madden. Orlando Bloom. Enough said.

Need I continue?

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Lydia is a senior at the College of William & Mary, with zero desire to move back to her hometown in rural Virginia. A liberal, Anglophile, and over-thinker,Lydia finds writing to be the perfect outlet to voice her emotional thoughts and irrelevant opinions.
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  • T. Smith

    I sincerely agree. :) My boyfriend is a Brit and I can’t see myself with an American man ever again.

  • Matt

    I’ll be completely honest with you, I have absolutely no idea how I came across this…..
    But I just wanted to say thank you. It’s truly wonderful to hear we’re actually so appreciated.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Jason

    Scottish is also british

    • Andrew Evans

      And we the welsh are the only “British ” who has its own language other than English . Diolch

      • Bon

        Wales isn’t the only one in Britan to have a language!
        Northern Ireland and Scotland both have gaelic (sorry if I spelt that wrong :/), but definetely have differences between the two nations.
        I also from a rural part of Scotland, lots of people speak in a dialect called “doric”

    • David Mitchell

      Sorry your wrong…United Kingdom does not make everyone inside it British, the Irish, Welsh and Scottish are not British but they are apart of the British colony, they are under on banner: United Kingdom. But this does not mean Ireland, Scotland and Wales are British…

      • steve

        Well, there certainly is Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. Different countries, cultures and, of course, accents. However, Great Britain refers to the geographical name of the island on which the first three countries named are located. Therefore, they– the English, Welsh and Scottish are all technically british. The UK is the political term for all four of those countries (United Kingdom of Great Britain(see above) and Northern Ireland). But, I must say, there is no british accent, because accents vary greatly between those parts of great britain, hell, they vary every few tens of km. So one cannot label them as a single accent. In my experience, what the world means by a british accent is the RP accent, those they see on BBC or, more generally, a london, or other southern one. When you then show the people some northern irish or scottish accent, they may even think it didnt originate in the UK ;) Just my five cents, I am not a UK citizen, and my accent isnt all so genuinely british, so.. Poor me, american girls wouldnt want me (or they might not spot the discrepancies in my accent and assume I am an englishman) :D sorry I was so mouthful, the article is great ;)

      • will

        United kingdom of great Britain

  • Paul

    British doesnt mean being from England….the UK isnt Just “England” I do wish americans would learn this but england,scotland,wales, Northern Ireland, anyone from them four parts of the UK is British…so I’m British but Northern Irish 2…

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  • LazyBones

    I can assure you that the British (of which I am one, having been born and raised in England) are not mature when it comes to alcohol. Don’t believe me? google “Neknominate.” We English don’t just live to drink, we live to get drunk.

  • Andrew Evans

    As I said in a previous post being British (welsh) is far different from being a Englishman the Irish,Scots and welsh are refered to as celts or Celtic with a language of our own whether it be cymraig.or Gaelic… Britain is far more complicated than you think .and please understand Britain isn’t England..

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  • http://WWW.literallydarling.com Mike

    Interesting article. I’ve been with a British woman for 2 years and she swears that most British guys are “tossers”. Never heard an american woman say they were attracted to a British accent other than James Bond lol. I have been hit on by more British women than i can count so i wouldn’t be surprised if it was the other way around as well ,but I’ve never heard that from any American women. Seems that most American women think of Austin powers when they think of British men. Sorry to burst that ego bubble.

  • zero

    I fucking hate British everything

  • Apt

    I agree that most American girls love English accents but here’s the uncomfortable truth: this happens only if you’re white.