South Korea Introduces Women Only Parking Spaces
Oh dear. Here we go. South Korea has introduced women only parking spaces in its capital that are longer and wider than their traditional counterparts. What a way to start the “can women park as well as men” debate. These “she-spots” are roughly twenty centimetres longer and ten centimetres wider than standard spaces, and outlined with pink lines rather than white. Some also have a women only sign painted into the centre that resembles a person wearing a short skirt. Nearby signs on poles emphasise the message - “men keep out”. These bays are now a standard feature of car parks that have more than thirty spaces. China has a similar concept too. Now, it could be argued that these bays are more sexist than an old-style comedian at the end of a peer. Why? Because their proportions suggest women cannot manoeuvre into a standard space. Whatever the thinking behind these bays there is – in my experience – one truth. Some people can park, some cannot. This is irrespective of gender, age, experience, size of the space, the vehicle, traffic and whatever the horoscope claims. So, no. Women as a whole do not need larger bays but some people - for whatever reason – might find them handy.
Mayor Introduces Challenging Men Only Parking Spaces
Oh dear. He we go. A few years ago, a mayor in Germany introduced male only bays in a new car park. He concluded that men are better drivers so these spaces were tricky to access. Challenges included manoeuvring around pillars, sidestepping walls, mastering spaces that were not square and negotiating an imaginative variety of angles. These bays were highlighted with a male only symbol and marked on a plan of the car park. However, women were not fined for taking on the challenge. These men only bays caused a stir and there accusations of sexism. But all was not as it seemed. The mayor was, in fact, trying to attract people to his town that was more associated with nice views than sexism. His objective was to increase tourism and generate wealth for the vicinity that was home to five-thousand people. The plan worked and the mayor was interviewed for television and a wide range of magazines. It was one of the most imaginative and risky publicity stunts of recent times. Brave man. I wonder if he can park.