Shanghai Shopping Mall Creates Extra-Large Parking Spaces for Women

30 May

Shanghai Shopping Mall Creates Extra-Large Parking Spaces for Women

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A shopping mall in Shanghai recently sparked controversy with its special, super-sized parking spaces for female drivers. The pink-colored spots are six meters long by three meters wide, making them half a meter larger than normal parking spaces. Although mall staff insist that they are intended to make parking safer and more convenient for women, plenty of netizens have deemed the move sexist.

The four pink-colored spaces on the B1 level of Wandu Center, on Xingyi Road, feature the image of a woman, similar to the ones used to designate restroom doors, on the floor and the walls behind them are to be painted pink for easy identification. Men are obviously not allowed to use these spots, but strict action won’t be taken against those who do, at least not at first. “Whether the ladies-only spaces will be properly used still depends on public awareness,” said mall employee Li Ming.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first mall to incorporate ladies-only parking spots. Similar spots are already in use in some malls in South Korea, Germany, and China’s Hebei Province. The existence of these parking has raised a very pertinent question: Do these spots suggest that women are worse drivers than men?

“Isn’t it a kind of discrimination against female drivers,” a netizen asked on “Some men may be less skilled at parking than women.” Some people have suggested that wider parking spaces should be made available to amateur drivers of both sexes.

“We have noticed these online comments, and we want to emphasize that this is not a kind of discrimination against men or women drivers, but rather a way to show kindness and respect to women,” Li Ming insisted.

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11 responses to “Shanghai Shopping Mall Creates Extra-Large Parking Spaces for Women

  1. Eric

    May 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    American shopping malls need them, and extra large aisles for women as well, but that’s because they’re so fat.

  2. Will S.

    May 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Ha! 🙂

  3. ddswaterloo

    May 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Showing kindness to women……. because not equal and therefore inferior in some way.

    You can;t have it both ways guys. Not without exploiting males….

  4. Will S.

    May 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm


    But women always want to have their cake and eat it, if they can.

  5. feeriker

    May 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Actually, you can really look at this as a gift to male drivers: as in, preventing dents and door dings to their cars.

    I know how Chinese women drive. The more separation from safe, competent (i.e., male) drivers they’re given, the better for all concerned.

  6. Peter Blood

    May 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    My son came in crying one day, I asked, “what’s wrong?” He said, “mom ran over my bike!!” I said, “I’ve told you not to leave it on the sidewalk.”

  7. Will S.

    May 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    @ feeriker: 🙂

    @ PB: Ha! 🙂

  8. ray

    June 1, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I’d have guessed Chinese practicality after too many cars dented by females.

    But look at the nature of the spaces. Pink with pink women stencils and lavender columns. And SECURITY CONES! lol all carefull cordoned and sealed-off, so the Poor Glutted Women who shop at this upscale (with real scales!) mall will feel……… waiiiiiitttt…… SPECIAL. Then spend money on things they don’t need.

    This is the type of groveling, helicoptering, and uber-protectionism we see in the U.S. for females, but especially UMC and wealthy females.

    It means….. China now gets the Babylon Channel. ;O)


  9. Will S.

    June 1, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    {Sigh} Alas…


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