The Seoul Metropolitan Government in South Korea want to make the country’s capital more ‘female-friendly’ with a $95 million project titled ‘Women Friendly Soul’ that aims to make women generally feel safer and more welcome around town.
Everyone’s pretty pleased with the plan overall, except the part where they’ve gone all out with the ‘women are crap drivers’ stereotype. The government is introducing ‘lady-friendly parking’ — parking spaces which will be longer, wider, better lit and positioned closer to entrances and elevators. In case there’s still any confusion who the spaces are for, they’ll be painted pink with emblems of women in the middle. You can’t miss them:
Every female-only parking space is also watched by CCTV and has nearby ‘emergency bells’.
I suppose the intentions here are right, even if it is just a tad patronising. Perhaps not as patronising as a couple years back when parking spaces in Triberg, Germany were designated as ‘men-only’ if they were tricky to navigate, but still pretty damn patronising. Oppositely, will this make it tougher for men to find parking in the streets of Seoul?
Here are some brief thoughts from the women of Seoul:
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