Alex Blaze

Gay cars?

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 12, 2007 1:37 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: AFA

Ok. this article has been up for a few days now on the NY Times website about which cars are more gay or lesbianic than others. It's all pretty asinine, but it does get to the point of the discussion right from the beginning:

RON GEREN, an actor in Los Angeles, commutes to auditions and jobs throughout Southern California in a sleek black Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible. But for a recent date with a woman, he rented a Cadillac Escalade because he was so used to friends saying his Miata is "gay."

"Guys say, 'Hey, that's cute,' " Mr. Geren, 40, said, adding that the comments come from gay as well as straight men. "You have to fend off that perception."

A few years ago, Meghan Daum, an op-ed contributor to The Los Angeles Times, wrote about a promising first date with a man that never led to a second one because, she later learned, the guy saw that she drove a Subaru Outback station wagon and concluded she must be a lesbian.

While the article tries to provide "balance" by getting quotes from queers, we all know that since straight have the numbers, money, and power in this country, they're the ones who are probably driving these stereotypes. Even if the Times can find a lesbian at USC to say that she likes her Mazda 3 hatchback, these stereotypes about the butchness or femmeness, guess what, are devised by straight (not that that makes them at-all-times bad).

While no one has ever actually compiled statistics to see what kind of cars LGBTQ folk actually drive, here's the only snapshot that the Times could find:

On, one indicator of actual gay buying trends is the list of vehicles most frequently researched. As of last October, the Toyota Yaris, a $12,000 economy car, led that list, followed by the Toyota Camry, which was the No. 3-selling car in America last year.

It would be hard to find a more conventional automobile.

The article is funny and interesting enough to merit a full read. It touches on everything, including stereotypes of queer affluence, the push and pull between working within a stereotype for identity to bucking it for bucking it's sake, and the co-option of gay rights rhetoric by greedy corporations. It even gives the AFA the shout-out that they're whining for.

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