I for one welcome our new feminist overlords

Spaces in a new car park in the Black Forest town of Triberg now come with male and female symbols. The spaces for women are wider and well lit, while those for men are close to concrete pillars and can only be reversed into.

Explaining the policy, Mayor Gallus Strobel said it was a natural decision because men are better at parking than women.

Feminism as it should be done, eh?

16 thoughts on “I for one welcome our new feminist overlords”

  1. Everyone will be happy. Women will no longer crash their cars into pillars, men can show off their parking skills. What’s not to like?

  2. I think women are worse at parking than men. But maybe I only observe what I expect to see. Men in my small town, with the exception of white van drivers, are pretty hopeless too.
    I’d hazard a guess that the skill difference is greater between small town and city than between sexes.
    Funds required for more research, please…

  3. Way to go, Herr Strobel! Mind you, in your position, I’d start wearing at least a stab vest.

  4. @bif,

    Aye, a grant for hanging around a wimmin’s only car park with a video camera. Anything that defeats the rather pathetic object of the wimmins-only parking lark.

    The actual background is the view that if wimminists have successfully demanded wimmin only parking spaces there should be an equal number of men only parking spaces. Surely the wimminists couldn’t possibly object to equal treatment rather than preferential treatment???

  5. Surely the wimminists couldn’t possibly object to equal treatment rather than preferential treatment???

    Of course they can; they’ve been subjected to so much injustice over the years that it must be balanced out.

  6. As a woman who hates to have to try to park in anything but a straight, empty space with no other cars around, I say ‘Good for you, Herr Strobel!’

  7. I’d be awfully tempted to park in the wide spots and claim I was a transsexual beginning transition.

  8. I think this is one of those situations where a man’s natural arrogance and competitive instinct kicks in.

    Say a man and a woman are both about to parallel park on a busy street. The woman tends to worry that this is a difficult procedure and if she makes a mistake it will be highly visible. The man thinks it’s a great opportunity to show how fantastic he is.

  9. Is it just me, or is Germany slipping back into Weimar? You know, equal rights for all, lots of laws against discrimination, anti-semitism, homophobia etc. Well, we all know what that led to. Forget rare earths, Tim: time to invest in tin helmets.

  10. MrP>

    I suspect otherwise. It comes from how you learn to park once you get your first car. A young man who dents his car whilst parking will get little sympathy from dad, whereas a daddy’s girl (which most are, if we’re honest) will find that the magic pixies have fixed the damage. Who has more incentive to learn?

    (In reality, there is actually a significant tendency for women to be worse at spatial-perception and visualisation of the kind involved in parking than men. Many, although not all, women genuinely do find parking hard.)

  11. Why is reverse parking in supermarket bays considered better : you have to stop dead in moving traffic;reverse at people before swinging round;when you come back after shopping you can’t get at the boot?
    Seems like mindless exhibitionism ;not necessarily all-male.The most irritating thing is when being backed at by a reverse parker, the annoying git can’t do it in one go and does a lot of to and froing usually with an arrogant expression .

  12. @DBC reed, the roadway between spaces is so narrow and the spaces themselves so narrow that you often can’t forward park easily – you have to line up the front with the next bay so the back is in line with yours, then reverse and line up before driving in.

    Ian, I appreciate the argument that getting special parking spaces is just compensation for centuries of systematic treatment of women as second class citizens. It sounds plausibly vacuous enough to be deployed from certain quarters.

  13. DBC – because reversing in and driving out means that you are able to observe other traffic when leaving the parking bay. As opposed, that is, to reversing out blind into someone else’s path.

    As an ex ADI I was teaching reverse parking as standard twenty years ago. I observed no difference in parking ability between the sexes, frankly.

  14. Nobody reverses blind out of parking bays i.e. with their eyes shut or blindfolded.You are altering the basis of the discussion by using inappropriate vocabulary.
    As the circulation in car parks is nearly always one-way ,you can easily see any oncoming traffic through the windows of the other parked cars.Also about half of oncoming cars will slow down or stop because they want to occupy your vacated space.
    It can never be practical to reverse into a confined space when the other option is backing out into a more open space.And then there is the problem that reverse parkers can’t get at their own boots with shopping.

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