“The car has become… an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete.” – Marshall McLuhan
Several weekends ago as my partner and I picked up our rental car to drive out to the Berkshires, I laughed at seeing the Subaru sitting in the stall. Do straight people know that Subaru’s are considered lesbian cars?
Apparently so. According to The New York Times, Meghan Daum, my favorite op-ed contributor to The Los Angeles Times wrote a few years ago:
...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.
When did a car become a declaration of a one’s sexual orientation? Even Tom and Ray at Car Talk have assembled their list of The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Cars. You can’t get any more hetero than Tom and Ray. But the gays weigh in too: Gaywheels.com publishes their list of gay-friendly car companies and Ramone Johnson who covers the Gay Life at About.com compiles his “Best of” every year.