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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Parking Tip of the Day

As a female, it can be dangerous parking in public areas, especially at night. We've all seen at baby stores how they have parking spots for pregnant women. Well, in Germany, they've taken our safety to the next level. In most parking garages, including the structure at the airport, they have special parking for all women. It is close to the exit and in a more well-lit area! You'd better believe next time I have to pick someone up in Frankfurt I'll be taking advantage of this tip! Just look for this sign!

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Blogger Amanda said...

This is such a cool thing - let's bring it to the States!

19 April, 2007 10:49

Blogger Jay said...

I agree. I would gladly park in outer Mongolia if I knew my female friends were afforded the luxury of parking closer to the building. I wonder if women's lib. peepz would freak out about this though. But still, let's do it.

19 April, 2007 12:25

Blogger Pete said...

I'm not sure how good of an idea this is. Doesn't it just make that whole area of the parking lot one big target?

19 April, 2007 15:38

Blogger Kris said...

Pete, I have to tell you that target area was my first instinct as well...helps to know that there is extra surveillance and the closer to an exit or method of escape thing. I mean, they're so close to the exit that by the time we can feel we're being stalked...we're at our car already!

19 April, 2007 17:05

Blogger Citizen Grim said...

I wonder if women's lib. peepz would freak out about this though

Of course they would.

19 April, 2007 17:51

Blogger Jay said...

Good idea. Note to self: if ever desperate to pick up a girl, move to Europe and park as close to the women's parking as possible.

19 April, 2007 18:07

Blogger Citizen Grim said...

As for me, I want to see parking spaces reserved for Frauline Brümhilda.

19 April, 2007 19:37

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes it sexist.

19 April, 2007 22:05

Blogger Amanda said...

If sexist = gentlemanly behavior in which women are respected and protected, then bring it on!

19 April, 2007 22:35

Blogger Jay said...

OH our dear Brümhilda! Because she's one of those stocky, unfortunately-shapen women with unsightly hair in awkward places, parking-lot patrolmen will often question the validity of her parking in a women's spot.

20 April, 2007 00:26

Blogger Amanda said...

And don't forget the cankles.

20 April, 2007 08:49

Blogger Jay said...

LOL! Cankles. So true.

20 April, 2007 10:33

Blogger Citizen Grim said...

"gentlemanly behavior in which women are respected and protected"

A real gentleman would ask you if you'd like to be dropped off at the door while he parks the car, rather than making the decision for you and implying that women need their own handicap parking spaces. ;)

Seriously, though, I'm torn. I like their intent, but I don't think government should be in the business of mandating gentlemanlyness.

I hope I don't offend anyone, but to be honest, this really does seem like reverse-sexism. Giving one sex preferential treatment while making derogatory (and sinister) generalizations about the other?

Poor, helpless Rosie O'Donnell gets to park close, but Clay Aiken, because he's one of those eeeeevill men, has to park far away?

What if they determine that white women are more likely to be assaulted in the parking lot than black women? Do they say "reserved for white women?" It all gets uncomfortable quick.

Rather than nit-picking about who is allowed to park in which spaces (aside from the legitimately handicapped), the government should treat people as individuals who are fully capable of making good decisions. I don't think it's too much to ask that the government treat us with dignity and respect, rather than disdain and suspicion.

For every guy out there who is a predator, I bet there are 10 more who would look out for a women's best interest. Segregating women into their own section of the parking lot won't stop a criminal from going into that area, but it does segregate the female victim away from other men who might come to her aid.

I'd much rather live in a society where people are given the opportunity to do virtuous things of their own free will, rather than having it be demanded of them. Let's give men the opportunity to act as gentlemen, rather than making it a blanket ordinance.

This sort of nanny-statism is just condescending and patronizing, to both men and women.

20 April, 2007 11:20


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