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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
– See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china-plus-sized-parking-spaces-introduced-because-women-can-t-drive/article1-1242172.aspx#sthash.FNni1dqE.dpuf

3 Responses to “Chinese Mysogyny-Bigger Parking Spaces for Women ‘cuz they Can’t Drive”

  1. Daniel Bos said

    They’ve had those in Germany for ages…

    • icetea said

      germany and spain and france and many other eu countries etc. have parking spaces for women only in certain areas (parking houses etc.) and more for the disabled people. but they all have the same size and are not “extra-wide” cuz “women are stupid and need more space -blabla”. you are not well informed.


    • For women who are genetically inferior?…

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