“Construction of the parking lot is in the final stages” announces the Wanxiang Tiancheng shopping mall in Shijiazhuang. But as the Hebei Youth Daily excitedly pointed out, this is no ordinary car park: it is exclusively for women. Featuring a pink and purple colour scheme, it has been designed with female parkers very much in mind. More controversially, the parking spaces are a metre wider than normal. And just to be safe, there are trained attendants to guide the ladies into them.
Patronising? Local women seem to love the concept. “It is just like joining a gym exclusively for women – parking in a male-free environment is less intimidating and I will perform better in an all-women driving environment,” was one compliment. The mall says the parking lot is designed to cater to a woman’s “strong sense of colour and different sense of distance”.
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