Perfect explanation Stillstandin! That's sort of what was in my mind. There are so many wannabe cowboys and cowgirls in my area that pretty much anyone that is male, can pull off a cowboy hat and boots, and guzzles beer can be considered a cowboy, but honestly I can barely call those people men, much less cowboys.
To me a cowboy/girl is a man or woman who is humble about their work, willing to put in a long day's work without expecting more than the satisfaction that the job is done, that can control their temper and has a gentle hand. They're level headed and tough, able to withstand hardships and still be standing tall afterwards. A cowboy or cowgirl to me is the definition of a true american. They show respect and courtesy to everyone around them, and in turn respect themselves. They are someone who never says no, and who never turns down a challenge. It doesn't matter if they have a pair of old sneakers, boots, or nikes to me- if they have the mindset of a cowboy I'm more than willing to call them one.
The movie cowboys annoy me. Beer guzzling, fancy bling wearing, womanizer, cursing, rough men with no respect for people are disgusting, and I want no part of the people who try to replicate that.