Fe­male-only park­ing spa­ces drive de­bate

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH - By CHINA DAILY

It’s a con­sid­er­ate move that shows ex­tra care for women.

There were pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents of phys­i­cal con­flicts be­tween less-skilled fe­male driv­ers and their male coun­ter­parts. Fe­male-only park­ing spots can help avoid such con­flicts.

Fe­male-only park­ing spots show courtesy to­ward women rather than dis­crim­i­na­tion. Re­gard­less of fe­male driv­ers’ skills, a civ­i­lized so­ci­ety should be re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional care for women to make them feel pro­tected and val­ued.

There are only four women-only spots in the park­ing lot. Fe­male driv­ers can choose be­tween th­ese wider spots and reg­u­lar ones. If they feel of­fended, they can sim­ply use other park­ing spots.

Is it con­sid­er­a­tion or dis­crim­i­na­tion? A video show­ing “fe­male-only” park­ing spots near an en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­ity in He­nan prov­ince’s cap­i­tal, Zhengzhou, has caused a stir on the Chi­nese in­ter­net since it was posted on July 25.

The fe­male-only park­ing spots are roughly 10 cen­time­ters wider. The fa­cil­ity’s staff claims they’re in­tended to pro­vide ex­tra care for fe­male driv­ers.

While some women see it as a kind move, oth­ers feel of­fended and view it as dis­crim­i­na­tory against fe­male driv­ers.

Should pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties pro­vide fe­male-only park­ing spa­ces?

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