Easy Parking For Women Only? German Mayor Gender-Codes Parking Spaces

Gallus Strobel, mayor of Triberg, Germany, wanted to get his town on the map. Make a name for itself so to speak. So like any other town that wants to become famous he came up with a gimmick. A gimmick that might run counter to this whole “there’s no reason to treat people differently because of their gender identification” plan some of us are working on.

Mayor Strobel came up with the idea of a new parking garage policy. In this garage spaces are labeled by gender, some for men and some for woman (seriously the spaces are actually marked with the male/female gender symbols). Not satisfied with that he plans to kick things up a notch.

The spaces marked for men are actually more difficult to park in that the spaces marked for women.

Unlike the 12 spaces set aside for women, which are wider, well-lit, and closer to the exit, the men’s spaces require the driver to pull in at an angle, and avoid hitting cement pillars. They are an “attraction” for any ambitious driver, Strobel told the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

So ambition is male I take it?

I don’t know about you but I think he could given a challenge to the ambitious drivers out there without banking on the battle of the sexes. Yes he could have very easily just separated the garage into spaces for timid drivers and spaces for ambitious drivers. This would have allowed him to pull in people that want the challenge of a tough parking spot.

But if he did that, he wouldn’t gotten his town on the map so easily, would he?

Which makes me wonder exactly how long it will take to get rid of gender-based assumptions like this since people still drag them out of the closet when they need a quick score?

The Good Men Project / By Danny Gibbs

Posted at July 17, 2012, 10:08am

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