If you're a dude and you drive a Miata, you must be gay, right? If you're a woman and you drive an Outback, you must be a raging lesbian, correct? Not so fast--here we have the New York Times reporting on one of those subjects you've snickered about with your bff and thought of in your head, but wait a minute...are these rides "Gay by Design, or a Lifestyle Choice?"
Indeed, the extravagant displays of muscle car machismo and sensuous, high-design femininity on display this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center would seem to cry out for deconstruction along gender- and sexual-identity lines.
But to some people, such stereotyping is homophobia, pure and simple. A poll seeking to determine the most gay automobiles, conducted by a South African Web site, was a topic of heated interest last December on Gizmodo, the New York-based technology blog, where one reader wrote: "Since when are cars gay or straight? We're really polling people's prejudices here."
Others, though, including gay theorists, say many gay motorists happily embrace certain cars as reflections of identity.
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