A shopping mall in Xi’an has become the latest “forward-thinking” institution to set up extra-wide parking spots for the benefit of female drivers. Because apparently, even though they can survive in the open ocean for 38 hours, write award-winning sci-fi novels, and catch pervs with their bare hands, Chinese women still need a little help when it comes to parking a car.
The mall’s pink-colored “Female Parking” section features spaces that are over 3.75 meters wide, considerably larger than the standard 2.5-meter wide spaces everywhere else. We first saw this progressive idea earlier this year in Shandong, where one city lot introduced “women only” spaces in honor of International Women’s Day. A Hangzhou service station did the same thing in May.
The pink parking spaces have sparked controversy and calls of blatant sexism and discrimination in the past, and this time it was no different. Though again, some netizens have defended the spaces as not discriminatory, since women aren’t forced to use them. Some guys even said that they were envious of female drivers.
Still, no matter what, there are always some people who will live up to the stereotype.
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