Wednesday, June 01, 2016
You can't win
The introduction of larger parking spaces designed 'just for women' in China has seen local authorities accused of sexism and misogyny.
Eight spaces in the Tonglu highway car park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, east China, have been painted pink and made 1.5 times bigger than usual spaces to 'accommodate female drivers'. To top it off, each space is finished with the symbol of a woman in a skirt, also painted in bright pink according to a report by People's Daily Online.
The highway director said the places were for 'female drivers whose driving skills are not superb' and argued he had seen many women need help from security guards to park in the usual places.
The new spaces have drawn heavy criticism on Chinese social media, with accusations of inherent sexism being quickly denied by the highway authority"