Reader Dan is concerned about this article, in USA Today.
It says that a shopping mall in a provincial capital in China is opening a parking lot, solely for women. It will have wider spaces, more lighting, female parking guides and “Cute cartoon pictures” just for women. The local mall says that insurance data (Chinese, I believe) shows that women cause 50% more finder benders and other accidents in garages than do their male counterparts.
I have seen parking spaces reserved for pregnant women and women with a herd of small children and think that if the mall or store wants to attract these shoppers, more power to them. If the ease of parking close in helps a soon to be mom or a mom with lots of little ones, and entices them to shop there, what a great marketing plan.
I will say, however, that having entire garages for women should set the NOW folks on fire. Are the Chinese admitting that women don’t drive as well as men? I would think that this approach should be done at one’s peril.