This was such an excellent question posed by one of my friends, who had no idea what a Guido was. My immediate response was, "Do douche bags really know they're douche bags?" Now I am not saying that Guidos are douche bags, nor am I saying that they are not douche bags, but my point to him was just as valuable to him as it was to myself.
It was about a first time insight for both of us into how cognizant people really are about their persona. We started to think that a lot of the stereotypes about Guidos and douche bags are willingly chosen. For other groups of people with stereotypes, Nerds for instance, many traits are natural and part of their personality and therefore unknown. For Guidos specifically, no one forces them to wear tight ass v-necks, oil their hear with Valvoline, wear gold chains, and pump steroids into their asses. With all due respect, I would sincerely hope that someone is conscious enough to realize the image they are projecting when they do these things.
Even if a person does all of these stereotypical things, actually considering oneself a Guido is still another question. The question really comes down to whether or not being a Guido is a good or bad thing. Is that something that only Guidos can call other Guidos if they are friends, but if they aren't friends then it's derogatory? Or if a non-Guido calls a Guido a Guido then is it derogatory? These are all the questions we set out to answer.
We first started by going to Guido infested clubs in various parts throughout the country yelling, "I hate Guidos!" Why did we do this might you ask? Well, we wanted to see if Guidos would admit they were Guidos. If Guidos knew they were Guidos and heard us saying this, they would definitely come over and start a fight. Yet after 15 drinks a night and 12 nights later, not one Guido came up to us. We got dirty looks, but no confrontation. You would think that with all the raging testosterone (from the steroids), that if they claimed to be a Guido, they would have confronted us. Nope. Didn't happen.
2 possible theories so far:
1. Guidos don't know they're Guidos.
2. If Guidos do admit they are Guidos, they are afraid to admit it.
Our next step was conducted over several months of research in multiple countries and sections of the country. After 4 years of traveling to multiple Guido infested places like Acapulco and Cancun Spring Breaks, the Jersey Shore, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, Connecticut, Phoenix, San Diego, Houston, Chicago, and Toronto, we informally used unstructured interviewing to collect our data.
First, we asked dozens of boys, girls, men, and women from typical Guido areas, "Do Guidos know they're Guidos?" The results were very mixed. About half of the respondents reported that Guidos do in fact know they are Guidos, while the other half of respondents stated that Guidos will never admit they are Guidos.
So what did we do at this point? We went right to the source: stereotypical looking boys and men. We asked hundreds of boys and men that looked like a stereotypical Guidos the same question: "Do Guidos know they're Guidos?" Surprisingly, almost every one replied, "No, they don't know they're Guidos." The immediate question after their response was, "What is a Guido exactly?" This was the very ironic and interesting part of our research. Almost all of the respondents described a softened version of their own self. If not that, they described the "other" version of what is thought to be a stereotypical Guido. For example, if we interviewed someone with gelled, spiky blowout hair, they would describe a Guido as having a shaved head. Then another interviewee with a shaved head would describe a Guido as "someone with short, gelled, greasy, spiked hair."
Our conclusion: Guidos don't know they're Guidos. After I said this to myself, I initially wanted to say, "Well if they don't realize they're a Guido, then what do they think a Guido is?" But, we already answered that question. It is a very interesting situation that makes me hypothesize that no one thinks being a Guido is a good thing.
I welcome, well actually encourage, anyone to challenge this with sound research and logic. Honestly, I don't feel 100% confident in my conclusion, so if someone could add to the literature on this research I would be beyond enthralled.
"Guidos, they're everywhere G."