A shopping mall in China recently unveiled 10 parking spots specifically designed for women. By "specifically designed for women," I mean the spots are about 30 centimeters wider than normal, presumable to make it easier for women to park. The spots are also painted pink, because chicks dig pink.
You can argue it's unwarranted, but the stereotype that Asian women can't drive is fairly common in the US. But I didn't expect to find it in China. Then again, since we're dealing with China, I guess it's more of a stereotype of women in general, since the Asian part is redundant. But I digress.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the mall's actions have been labeled sexist by many women on social media, which is the least shocking thing to happen since Amy Winehouse died.
The parking spots have outraged some netizens, who called them sexist and disrespectful. On Twitter, one commenter wrote, “Not sure if I should laugh or cry.” On Weibo, a microblogger questioned, “Isn’t that insulting females’ driving ability?
Of course, quoting random people on Twitter (or Weibo) is about the laziest thing a writer can do. You might as well just grab quotes from some random drunk at a bar, or from a 13-year-old kid smoking cigarettes behind a rundown laundromat. It's meaningless.
That said, it's even lazier for me to quote an article that quotes random people from Twitter, but at least I have a good excuse. I wanted to repost this video of a South Korean woman failing her driving test in a spectacular fashion, and this article allowed me to do so. I'm not saying it proves that the Asian-women-driver stereotype is true, but it sure is fun to watch.