I guess what we learn from this thread is that we perceive that our Alfas lend us a different image than other 'more popular' marques. Sexuality aside, we appreciate that an Alfa is stylish and functional product with a degree of macho appeal.
Would that be fair Alex ? Or a just bunch of pompous twaddle...
I wasn't sure my observation would lead to such 'philosophising'..
You're right, James - it does seem to me that the majority fear being labelled a 'hairdresser' when in actual fact that really proves nothing
You're right to recognise that the owner is simply exercising their own good taste, not trying to make an assertion, and I guess I was trying to defend them by saying that really, they pose no threat to other GTV owners - they're probably "straight", anyway, and if not, well, their car doesn't make them what they are
I wanted to point out that the opposite extreme is more worrying (imagine for a moment that this was the Dodge Ram forum and we heard of a Dodge Ram owned by someone who went on a shooting rampage) - that there's no need for anyone to act like a redneck/dork/wife-basher in these enlightened times, and the next time someone needs to use a car to prove themselves, you know to laugh at them! Many guys choose a car to impress other guys. Seeing group burnouts and races, meeting in carparks, fights - massive releases of testosterone in male-only company - well, it's all quite ironic, really. What are they needing to prove? Funny to watch until someone gets hurt.
Perhaps by choosing not to run with the pack, we show that we are more comfortable with ourselves, more secure, we enjoy the choices we make, and we enjoy what's important to us, rather than having to indulge in public displays of manliness. We are intelligent and prove our manliness in other ways.
I'm sure this debate is as old as mankind itself and it's well-known that a long sliding scale of 'manliness' exists, with the serial rapists at one end and the women-trapped-in-men's-bodies at the other.
Of course, it was probably wrong of me to turn this fun thread into a philosophical discussion... (my first comment was quite blunt - please don't take it personally!) but it's happened now, and I hope we all have a happy, loving Christmas - whoever we're with