Date
20 November 2017
There's no mistaking them. Women-only parking spots in China are bigger than your garden variety. Oh, they're also marked in pink. Photo: Japan Times
There's no mistaking them. Women-only parking spots in China are bigger than your garden variety. Oh, they're also marked in pink. Photo: Japan Times

What you get if you’re a woman driver in China

It’s not the color male motorists are objecting to; it’s the purpose.

They say they can tolerate the pink markings but the words inside them — yes, they’re also pink — scream sex discrimination.

The cause of this latest blow to male pride is a slew of women-only parking spots that have sprung up in China, particularly in the northeastern city of Dalian.

A shopping mall took the concept a step further by declaring 10 parking slots off-limits to males. And yes, they’re all in pink.

“Respectfully reserved for women,” says the sign on the parking spots at World Metropolis Center.

But if the men are beginning to feel disrespected by this affront to gender equality, they’re not being hysterical about it. Some even find humor in it, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Isn’t that insulting females’ driving ability?” says one microblogger.

“Not sure if I should laugh or cry,” says another.

Some commenters even managed to praise the idea, saying giving a wider berth to female drivers does not discriminate against males.

Dalian isn’t the first city in China to dedicate parking spots to women only.

At the Wonder Mall in Hebei, one of three underground parking garages are reserved for females.

The slots are about 80 centimeters bigger than regular parking spaces, with its walls painted with 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac so that female drivers could remember a pattern instead of a parking space number, WSJ says.

As though that weren’t enough, there are also dancing attendants to help women park their cars.

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