These Parking Spots Are Painted Pink For The Most Sexist Reason
Who ever thought a parking spot could be sexist?
1. Parking Lot in China Offers Hot Pink Spaces for Women
The Short of It:
A shopping mall located in a large city in northeastern China has sparked debate after it designated 10 pink of extra-large parking spaces just for women, this week.
The Longer Version of It:
The city of Hangzhou in China has gotten a lot of attention this week after delving out parking spaces to women that are larger than usual. A state-run newspaper called Qianjiang Evening News, reported that a highway service area in the eastern metropolis of Hangzhou designated extra-large parking spaces for women's access only since this past March.
"The bigger parking spaces are for women drivers whose driving skills are not superb," Pan Tietong, the service area's manager, told the newspaper. "It's a humane measure."
The hot pink spots are located at the World Metropolis Center in Dalian and read "respectfully reserved for ladies," and are 1.5 times the size of a normal spot. Officials at the mall have been accused of sexism and fostering the stereotype that women are less apt at driving than men. Also, they're marked by icons wearing skirts.
Not everyone is hating on the the parking spots though. A survey on Weibo revealed that 63.7% of 1,700 polled felt the "accommodations" were a good idea and people are using them. Qianjiang Evening News reported that eight out of 370 total parking spaces in the area are for women only and each of the spots are utilized nearly 15 times a day.
Parking woes are the least of China's laundry list of driving worries though. One study shows that traffic related deaths are three times higher for men than women in China. Another revealed that, nearly 200,000 people die each year in car accidents.