Do Women Need Bigger Parking Spaces?
It's been a staple of bad sitcoms for years — women can't drive and park without getting into accidents. In Asia, specifically South Korea and China, women are being given bigger parking spaces. But do they need them? Apparently a mall in China thinks so. According to BuzzFeed, the mall has created parking spaces that are 11 inches wider. They are also painted bright pink with wording that says, "Respectfully reserved for ladies."
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Some women in China like the idea. Others are put off by the special treatment posting on Twitter, "Why do women get all these advantages? If you can’t drive, don’t drive. It doesn’t matter what gender you are. This is precisely reverse discrimination."
England's Mirror newspaper explored the issue of women's need for bigger parking spaces in an article and poll. By slightly more than 2 to 1, its readers thought they did.
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Linda Robson, winner of Britain's worst celebrity driver, wrote, "I think us women have a lot more on our minds than men, such as sorting everything out and organizing the kids, so when it comes to driving that can leave us distracted."
Vicki Butler-Henderson, a motoring writer and presenter on Britain's Fifth Gear, disagrees. She wrote, "What we don’t need are patronizing signs telling us that a certain parking space is female-friendly. If it really and truly was, then there’d be a member of One Direction beckoning us into the perfect slot."
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By the way, it's not only Asian countries that think women deserve special treatment. Five years ago a small German town set up special spaces for both men and women – but more for women. The mayor said he did it because his secretary didn’t know how to park.