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Chinese Mysogyny-Bigger Parking Spaces for Women ‘cuz they Can’t Drive

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2014

China waged a several thousand year war on women. Baby girls are called maggots in the rice because they were of no use to the family. They are treated like toys on the best of days and slaughtered on the worst.

Now a Chinese city has even made bigger parking spots for women because ‘they cannot drive’.

Part of me wants to deride them for their ability to hate females, but calling them bad drivers is much better then making a national sport of aborting them in the womb.

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women”, and around 30 centimetres wider than normal.
The slots at the Dashijiedaduhui — or “World Metropolis” — centre have sparked debate in China, which officially embraces gender equality but where old-fashioned sexism is rife in reality.
The mall, in the centre of the northern port city of Dalian, has little to distinguish itself from thousands of other retail complexes that have sprouted across the country as part of a vast urbanisation drive.
It boasts chain clothing stores, fast food franchises, glass lifts, a cinema and the inevitable Starbucks, a favourite hangout of China’s new middle class.
Unusually, though, the 10 spaces outside the main entrance were provided after women had trouble parking in the standard basement slots, managers said.
“I think this is very convenient,” said user Yong Mei. “Other parking spaces are too narrow.”

“It’s not gender biased,” she told AFP. “It’s just that women have a few issues with vision when parking.”
But outraged commentators on Chinese social media accused the mall managers of sexism and cliched thinking. “This is supposed to respect women, but actually it’s an insult,” said one.
The mall managers deny the allegation. “We just wanted to make things easier for women, who make up most of our customers,” said Yang Hongjun, a woman herself.
“It’s not an insult to women at all,” she added. “If their parking spaces are larger, it’s only for practical reasons. It doesn’t mean that women drive less well than men.” ‘Men who cook and women who drive’
Officially, China proclaims the sexes equal in keeping with Communist principles, and Mao Zedong said that “women hold up half the sky”.
But conservative attitudes remain deeply ingrained, and women are conspicuous by their rarity in the upper echelons of Chinese politics and the ruling party, dominated by men in black suits.
One online poster on the Dalian car park said: “The two most dangerous things in the world are men who cook and women who drive.”
Manufacturers’ advertisements in the world’s biggest auto market are invariably aimed at male buyers, and a man at the mall, Wu Zhicun, said: “Women don’t really know how to park a car.”
“The few times I’ve come close to crashing was basically with women driving the other car,” he added. “I’ve noticed they’re a bit rough at the wheel, they only look forwards, too often they ignore their mirrors.”

But driving standards in China are often lamentable, regardless of which gender is at the wheel. According to state media reports, officials said 60,000 people died on the roads in 2012, the most recent figures available.
The parking initiative is not unprecedented — other countries have similar female-dedicated spaces, including South Korea and various European nations. The latest Chinese controversy echo
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Why China’s Army Suck- They Bribe to Get to Serve

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 19, 2014

America is concerned about China’s military, or so they say. To me its a ruse in order to beef up military spending. Why fear an army equipped with cheap knockoffs of US tech and a repurposed Ukrainian tub called an aircraft carrier. Setting aside it lacks aircraft, and we get a glimpse of China’s problem. Their military sucks.

Now for their soldiers.

It is well known that most Chinese fail to meet the definition of men and possess the wingspan of a fruit fly and body mass of helium. In a word, they are less than imposing characters. In fact, they are such twats that they have to bribe to get accepted into the military, no kidding.

China, aka Coruptistan, has invented knock off soldiers. Corruption is rife in China’s military because they hold a lot of sway. Corrupt military officials create companies which syphon off commie funds and then they use that cash to send their son and wife to America. Say hi to your new Chinese neighbor!

In any event, the Chinese are more concerned with making cash and moving to civilization than protecting this stink hole, and who can blame them?

The following article shows how Chinese pay up to $20,000 civilized dollars to buy their kid a spot in the Chinese military. Part of the problem is these ‘men’ cannot pass the physicals and otherwise suck.

Is this really an army we should fear?

“To enlist in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), potential recruits have to take tests. To make sure their sons and daughters pass, families pay up. At one recruitment office in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi, this year’s going rate, depending on your guanxi, or connections, is as much as 99,000 yuan ($16,000), says Wang, a recruitment officer in the province who asked that his full name not be used because he isn’t authorized to speak publicly. Limited openings, plus a high failure rate on the fitness exam, push parents to buy spots for their children during the annual enlistment drive that runs through September. Success offers a stable job and, for some, an escape from rural poverty.

The price varies, Wang says. His old army friends “asked me what the current price tag is, and I said ‘around 80,000 to 90,000 yuan for you guys.’ If your guanxi was really strong, it’d cost you around 50,000 to 60,000 yuan; if it was just so-so, you would have to spend 100,000 yuan at least.”


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