Town Designates Easy Parking Spots for Women: Is It Sexist or Sweet?

mrosen814 2012/07/11 22:00:00
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The German town of Triberg is now designating parking spots for men and women. The parking spots assigned to women are much easier to maneuver compared to the men's, less convenient designated spots. The mayor of Triberg went on to state, "As a rule, men are a little better at such challenges.”

Nonetheless, several studies find that women are indeed better parkers than men. For a British study that came out this year, researchers monitored 2,500 drivers in 700 parking lots in Britain for one month. While women took longer to park, they were more likely to leave their cars in the middle of the spot. Women proved to be better at finding places and more accurate in lining up the car before backing in. Also, they were more likely to use parking strategies recommended by driving instructors.

Triberg, in Germany, is leaving the more challenging spaces for male drivers
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  • Dave The Canuck 2012/07/13 05:08:53
    Dave The Canuck
    A man doesn't get an easy parking spot just because he's a man? Definitely sexist.
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/07/13 04:48:03 (edited)
    ✞Knight of Honor
    I believe that women are equal to men, which makes these parking spots sexist. What's next parking spots for asians?
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/07/13 04:21:05
    Inquisitve Kat
    Right... encourage women to not know how to park worth a damn...

    If someone can't drive worth a damn, they should be off the road, not given a special parking space.
  • megan 2012/07/13 03:11:11
    Is having a vagina a disability now?
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/07/13 02:55:03
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    Insulting, I have put my truck in where guys couldn't put their cars. Definitely sexist.
  • Bibliophilic 2012/07/13 02:47:16 (edited)
    I'll take a regular parking spot. I know how to drive.

    I sometimes try to get into small spots for the challenge. I am a great driver and have never caused an accident- if I could perfect my parallel parking skills I would be completely at ease.
  • Sew 2012/07/12 23:53:31
    Question? Why not make all parking spots easy?
  • Maleficent 2012/07/12 22:50:02
    i guess they're trying say women can't drive.
  • Magical Mushroom 2012/07/12 22:43:26
    Magical Mushroom
    Stupid sexist bastard. I can drive better then any man.
  • alun.palmer 2012/07/12 22:05:05
    Englischer fahren am links, Amerikanischer fahren am rechts, aber Deutscher fahren im mittel der Strasse! OK, that was offensive to German drivers, but it's no worse than their parking policy.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2012/07/12 21:51:21
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    I'm a woman and I can park way better than any man I know. I can also parallel park perfectly.
  • George-2 ««Ginge... 2012/07/13 00:28:14
    I'm sure you can drive better than any man because you're combining skill with caution. Where I live, in South America, it's commonly accepted (even by women) that in general men drive & park better which is probably the case in Germany. This doesn't mean there aren't excellent female drivers. I'd use the word 'attentive' instead of 'sexist'.
  • Bob P. Clarkson 2012/07/12 21:04:23
    Bob P. Clarkson
    The mayor may be an airhead as far as his reply, but there is aother way to look at this.

    If the decision was made on the basis of the British study, maybe they gave men the harder spaces so they could practice.
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/07/12 21:03:51
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    As wonderful as that would be it is very sexist!
  • mishka1220 2012/07/12 20:46:37
    If it hadn't been for the Mayor's comment I would have voted "sweet"..... " As a rule, men are a little better at such challenges." Seriously...?
  • I am the Don Dada 2012/07/12 20:29:53
    I am the Don Dada
    I can see this going left... guys hanging out by the female parking spots waiting for a Beer girl to exist her vehicle...

    german girls
  • Jacob Torres 2012/07/12 20:18:09
    Jacob Torres
    They managed to be unfair and sexist towards both men and women with this designation. Nice job. It's like the Lifetime Movie of parking scenarios.
  • wpsark 2012/07/12 19:47:55
    well it's not sweet but it is funny...
  • Thatgirl 2012/07/12 19:35:49
    Women/Men theres no difference, next there will be designated parking spots for obese people nearer to stores its just going far to far.
  • retrograve 2012/07/12 19:27:34 (edited)
    Can you imagine being a guy there? "There's a space! Nope it's handicap....Oh, there's another space! Nope it's for women....Dammit!"

    But on another note how would they know if its a male or female parked there? Do they have woman stickers like the handicapped ones...?
  • Tennessee3501 2012/07/12 19:20:08
    Now all the male gigolos will know where to stand and wait for potential customers!
  • im right ur wrong 2012/07/12 19:16:44
    im right ur wrong
  • Lizzeh 2012/07/12 19:10:36
    Men can't park very well either. It all depends on experience.
  • Diana 2012/07/12 19:00:45
    Are they saying,woman are too stupid to park in regular spots?
  • Shawna 2012/07/12 18:55:49
    I am better at parallel parking than my ex. He will park further away to avoid it. I would make a point of parking in the "male" parking spots.
  • MrsJJS 2012/07/12 18:46:21
    I’m lovin’ it lovin’ it lovin’ it! The only time I get a parking space I can actually get into at the supermarket is when I take my grandson and get to park in the Mommy and baby section!...lol

    I'm a woman I can't park and I'm not afraid to admit it!

    I have actually abandoned my car in the middle of the street, ran in the house to tell my husband to go park it…the conversation went something along the lines of ..."Go park my car"..."Where is it?" "In the middle of the road"
  • Happy21... MrsJJS 2012/07/12 21:49:08
    I've done that too!! =) When I'm trying to park, I feel like I have no sense of depth perception. I have hit 2, no 3 parked vehicles trying to park. Not proud of it, but it's true. But I do always leave my information if I can't track down the owner. =)
  • MrsJJS Happy21... 2012/07/13 06:28:54
    My problem is my car is a medium sized sedan and I'm 5'3 and when I'm sat in my car all I can see is where the windshield wipers rest lol. I can't see the hood of my car at all so I drive using the "force". I never used to have any problems parking or reversing until I moved to the UK 11yrs ago. It must have something to do with spending so much time on the left hand side of the car then having to switch to the right hand side. In the US I used to drive quite a lot but here in the UK there is very little need for me to drive. But to my credit I have mastered the roundabout.
  • HearnoEvil MrsJJS 2012/07/13 00:24:39
  • Marianne 2012/07/12 18:36:14
    It might be true that women do not like to maneuver as much as men, but if there are not enough spaces for all, there will be trouble. They should leave it to the individuals, women or men to decide about parking on an easier or a more difficult spot.
  • shydreamguy 2012/07/12 18:35:14
    if you read this it also puts women down, making it seem like women arent as good at parking a car as men. Gender has nothing to do with ability
    Im just glad its not in the USA
  • Happy21... shydrea... 2012/07/12 21:50:31
    IDK...guys are WAAY better than me at parking and I'm a woman.
  • 666_Maggots~Mr. Arrogant Jew 2012/07/12 18:28:41
    666_Maggots~Mr. Arrogant Jew
    But I still like the idea since I'm benefitting from it!

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  • spencerc143 2012/07/12 17:49:45
    We can park just as well as males.
  • john 2012/07/12 17:41:27
    but if it works then i don't have a problem with it....
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/07/12 17:33:07
    I think it is neither, It is very smart because women are an easy target for muggers, and the like.
  • Sterling 2012/07/12 17:29:36
    Must have been bad enough they needed it...

  • jake 2012/07/12 17:22:48
    I'm only saying sweet because I live with my grandma and she sucks at parking period. Also my aunt is just lazy so she sucks. And my cousin has a very very low acura integra so she parks weird on purpose sometimes. But I can honestly say that no women in MY family know how to park. It is sexist. But I can see why, in MY family.
  • Ober 2012/07/12 17:20:49
    They have women's parking spots in a parking garage in a city nearby too. (Klagenfurt)
    I almost had a laughing fit when I first saw that.

    I think it's kinda retarded. Men are better at parking because if a man can't park his friends are gonna laugh at him.
    But some women actually think it's cute that they can't park, thus having no desire to just learn it. *sigh*
    Last thing we need is officials validating those stupid stereotypes.
  • Chi~Cat 2012/07/12 17:06:32
    Such BS.

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