The 10 pink outlined spaces, which are found at the Dashijiedaduhui — “World Metropolis” — shopping centre in the northern city of Dalian, were drawn in after managers decided women were having difficulty getting into narrower spaces.
They are approximately 30 centimetres wider than normal, and bear the statement “respectfully reserved for women.” These spaces come on the heels of Chinese policemen offering undeniably skewed advice to female drivers last year, like not to panic if they suddenly can’t find their way to their destination, or to release the handbrake before beginning to drive.
Some patrons at the mall in China are finding the spaces convenient, but others find them insulting and sexist. As far as whether or not they’re warranted, one driver instructor’s experiment found that while women took longer than men to park, they were, on the whole, far more accurate about actually getting into the spot.
This is not the first time female-only parking has been created, though the intention seems very different. When Seoul, South Korea, implemented thousands of women-only parking spots earlier this year, for example, they did so with a focus on safety, putting them in better lit spots and closer to stairs and elevators.
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