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There's a few of us, but - and maybe I'm alone here - the notion that the any vehicle pertains to a particular orientation (especially as an "icon") is a bit antiquated and may be considered by some as offensive.
Indeed. Yet I still can't shake the impression that the New Beetle is a "chick car".

But MINIs seem to escape being categorized (other than in the usual ways-- hot hatch, overpriced premium hatchback, weird quirky car, etc). The diversity of this forum is testament to that. Even the other MINI forums show a pretty divergent group of people that one normally does not see flocking together, IMHO.
 

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Don't care what any one says I hate the stereo typing some seem to do with cars. Just love mini for what it is, unique. As is every person. I've never agreed with th e hairdresser car thing either.

If some people were a bit more tolerant and less judgmental the world might be a happier place. One life live it to the full which means following the path you know to be right for you. (And learn from the mistakes you will make,)
 

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Here here tandberg. I had s someone say that to me and his girlfriend took the words out of my mouth when she said well you can talk driving a fabia
 
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not because it's gay, but because I know 2 gay guys that own them, and another gay guy that used to own one

Hope this helps

Paul
 

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I'm straight and it has never bothered me. A few people over the years have joked about MINIs being gay (particularly with the mood lighting) but in reality you could argue any fashionable car is.


I've got gay friends who won't drive MINIs because they're worried about the stereotyping as well....
 

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My Corvette falls solidly into the "chick car" category by virtue of being an '82 Collector Edition which means Automatic Transmission and beige paint over beige leather interior. 50+ women go ga-ga for it. Nobody else ever gives it a second look. Needless to say, I am reconciled to the idea that my taste in cars leans towards chick cars. I have never been much of a "he man" so I am OK with it.
 

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A friend of mine who also drives a mini told me once that she often has men ask about the car like they really want to drive one but are afraid for their image. In my experience, people whose self image is tied to what they drive are often just insecure. Love what you love. Drive what you love to drive and who gives a rat's *** about what other people think. Life is too short! Check out microwave dave's thread about his orange obsession if you need further explanation!
 

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I drove a Miata for 4 years and loved every minute of it, despite it having a "chick car" reputation here in Manly Arizona. My self worth is wrapped up in how well I take a corner, not what some testosterone-poisoned Hummer driver thinks. If the car was pink with foofy ribbons and unicorn decals, but cornered like my MINI, I'd drive it with pride.
 

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I drove a Miata for 4 years and loved every minute of it, despite it having a "chick car" reputation here in Manly Arizona. My self worth is wrapped up in how well I take a corner, not what some testosterone-poisoned Hummer driver thinks. If the car was pink with foofy ribbons and unicorn decals, but cornered like my MINI, I'd drive it with pride.
I don't think I could quite take it to unicorn decals... but other than that I agree with you.
 

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Early last year, when I was seriously researching and considering my first Mini, it quickly became evident that this was a brand with a serious and enthusiastic following. That didn't surprise me. But then it began to dawn on me these owners were also free-thinking, anti-establishment, wind-in-the-hair, don't pigeonhole me, reverse snob types. My people! The fact that women seemed equally to be drawn to Minis I put in the plus column. My kind of babes! Add to that the fact that it's simply in a class of its own et voila!

Maybe I don't get out enough, but no one has had the cojones yet to tell me it's a chick car. Or gay! When they do I'll take it as a compliment coming from the completely clueless.

I gave Hal a thorough cleaning two weeks ago then the snow hit and now the sloppy thaw and I still don't want to take him out to get all yucky. That's what the old Subaru is for!
 

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Gay car? Chick car? Hairdressers and estate agents? But what about the geriatrics? The white-haired.. the seniors... the downright elderly?

How many times has your attention been captured by, say, a cool Cooper S.. and a 'mature' couple get out? Surely they should they be driving an Agila?

Hands up! for the silver foxes. Yeah.

Derek
 

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Gay car? Chick car? Hairdressers and estate agents? But what about the geriatrics? The white-haired.. the seniors... the downright elderly?

How many times has your attention been captured by, say, a cool Cooper S.. and a 'mature' couple get out? Surely they should they be driving an Agila?

Hands up! for the silver foxes. Yeah.

Derek
You called? :D
 
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