Thursday, April 12, 2007

Is your car gay?

Have you ever thought that someone was gay because of the car they drove? I haven't, but apparently many motorists believe that certain cars can be used to make a judgment about a driver's sexual orientation. Some gay theorists argue that many gay motorists happily embrace certain cars as reflections of identity, whether it be purchasing a car with more feminine lines or a vibrant colour, while others say it's just plain prejudice. Industry car experts that happen to be gay, like Ramone Johnson who works for say this actually might be a good way to take control back in a society where we are traditionally used to being judged by others.

South African website Wheels 24 has spent three weeks running a poll, determining which car will take home the title of "Alternative Car of the Year." Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Although the auto industry doesn't survey sexual orientation when someone purchases a vehicle, here's a list of actual gay buying trends according to The top five list is:
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Toyota Camry
  • Saab
  • Pontiac
  • Volkswagen Jetta

At a time when car makers are marketing aggressively to gay consumers and mainstream culture has become more literate about stereotypically gay tastes through television shows like “Will & Grace” and “The L Word” (on which one of the main characters, Alice, drove a Mini Cooper), it may not be surprising that some people make such assumptions about motorists based on their cars.

After three weeks of furious online voting and speculation, South
Africa's three most personality-injected new car models have been
outted in Wheels24's 2006 "Alternative Car of the Year" online poll.

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