Ladies, does your fashion sense come into play when you park your car? Someone in China’s Hebei province seems to think so. File this one under “Things That Make you Go ‘What the eff!’”
Remember when we first heard about this earlier in the year? A shopping center in the Chinese city of Shijiazhuang has opened up an underground parking lot exclusively for women.
You can read the BBC story on their original plans here.
I thought it was a joke. It’s not. The link is provided on the off-chance that you think I make this stuff up.
Then I found out that it’s not even unique.
Women-only parking spaces already existed in Germany before the Chinese came up with their pink parking palace. And in Seoul, South Korea, pink-striped parking spaces are similarly being set aside for women only.
This falls in line with the women-only train carriages in Japan and more recently, Mexico City’s pink taxis, not only exclusively for women, but exclusively driven by women. And like Japan, the Mexican capital’s Metro trains have set aside rail cars for women only.
The rationale behind the gender-exclusive trains and taxis is readily understood. Female passengers feel safer in the taxis, and they’re less likely to get groped by modern-day troglodytes on the trains.
The Chinese venture, on the other hand, seems to be following that old cliché about “women drivers.”
Figuratively speaking, I’m not going there.
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