The gay car phenomenon spreads to the mainstream press


Yesterday the New York Times published an interesting fluff piece in their Style section about “gay” cars. Titled “Gay by Design, or a Lifestyle Choice?” the article addresses such hard-hitting issues as whether some cars skew queer in their appearance and whether a gay-seeming car indicates an actually gay owner. Well, it wasn’t a scientific study, but the experts polled seem to agree that some cars just scream “I’m gay!” including: the VW Beetle, the Mini Cooper and the Subaru Outback. Then the article points out that Alice (Leisha Hailey) drove a Mini Cooper on The L Word:

But wait, there’s more! The article goes on to probe queer theorist Judith Halberstam about her thoughts on the matter:

“People presume you want to throw off a stereotype,” said Judith Halberstam, a lesbian who is a professor of gender studies at the University of Southern California. She drives a black Mazda 3 hatchback that she considers “butch.” But, she said, “If you are a masculine woman, you might not feel bad about it, so you might become excited about knowing how to fix your pickup, or driving a ’68 Mustang.”

Last but not least, the article mentions that Martina Navratilova was one of the first to endorse a car in Subaru’s 2000 campaign that declared “It’s not a choice. It’s the way we’re built.” Don’t forget: Dana (Erin Daniels) was also a Subaru spokesperson on The L Word. Remember the ad she did for them? “Get out. And stay out.”

(In a slightly related sidenote, I came across this article by skimming the New York Times‘ list of “Most Popular” articles, which was recently sent up hilariously in The Onion‘s article “‘Most E-Mailed’ List Tearing New York Times Newsroom Apart.” Ha!)

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