• Wed, Jul 11 2012

Take Your ‘Female-Friendly’ Parking & Shove It!

I am not ashamed to admit that I used pregnancy parking when I was pregnant. It was nice to park close to the mall when I was waddling and the roads were icy. Once I hit my seventh month, I figured that I deserved the perk of special parking, simply so I wouldn’t slip and fall while my balance was so incredibly off. The special parking actually didn’t stop me from falling and spending the week of Christmas on bedrest but that another story for another day. Anyways, I’m saying that I’m not always against special parking.

I am against special “female-friendly” parking that’s easier to pull in to. That’s why I won’t be visiting Triberg, Germany anytime soon. The mayor of this city decided that in the new parking garage built in Triberg, they should designate lady parking that’s relatively easy to pull into. He also gave a warning about the trickier spots to maneuver by labeling them as the “men’s” spots. Cuz, ya know, only guys can handle cars without breaking a nail or running into a wall.

After catching a lot of flack, this mayor, Gallus Strobel, tried to play the whole thing off like one big jokey joke. You silly humorless ladies, he wasn’t being rude. He was just saying that you don’t know how to drive a car. That’s a fact right? And really, he’ll let anyone come attempt the super complicated task of parking next to a support beam. The men’s spots are actually “an attraction for any aspiring driver,” he says.

So you won’t get a ticket for attempting to behave manly ladies, don’t fret.

I’m all for special parking, but not when it’s really an undeserved insult. Pregnant lady parking acknowledges the fact that super-pregnant ladies might not be too good on their feet. When I was pregnant, I wasn’t insulted by people who held out their arm so I could hold on to something when I walked. I needed it! To all those random people who saw my big belly throwing me off and offered a hand in the snow, you were great. You made me love humanity.

But saying that my uterus means I can’t steer a car correctly is not a helpful hand. It’s rude. And I kind of hope that the mayor clips that support beam next time he pulls into his manly parking space.

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  • L

    theres such a thing as preggo lady parking? where??

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsaychartman Lindsay Cross

      I thought it was everywhere? Plenty of malls and grocery stores around me have it. I’m in the Midwest though, where parking lots can be unimaginably enormous.

    • Maggie

      Most malls around where I am call it “Stork Parking.”

    • kjon

      I’ve seen them at Whole Foods, too.

  • L

    stork parking? that’s adorable.

    i’m from Boston, so parking is a nightmare in general…i dont think i’ve ever seen such a thing as special spots for pregnant ladies. how cool!

    • Amy

      We have these everywhere in Canada. They’re for pregnant women, or families with strollers/heaps of children.

    • NotThumper

      I’m from Boston too and the only special spots you’ll find are usually outside the city and only in front of Babies R Us.

  • Monica

    Considering that the German version of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” is LITERALLY titled “Why women can’t park and men can’t listen” I fail to see how anyone in Germany could be shocked by this. There is also at least one German TV “news” program every month about how women can’t park as well.

    It is THE single most common stereotype about women in Germany. Doesn’t make it right – does explain why a (male) politician thought this kind of thing was a good idea.

  • Sophia

    Uhm, I’m not very shocked. I live in Germany and this is normal here? There are women parking lots everywhere. They are near the entrance and that’s all. Never actually felt offended by this.
    But the “men’s lots”? That’s seems shitty. He could have marked them “pro” or something.

  • Eileen

    This doesn’t surprise me, given how snobby Germans can be about driving. And you know what? I’d welcome efforts to make parking spots easier to pull into! That seems like a good plan for everyone. But calling them “women spots” is stupid.

    • Sophia

      Why do you think that we are snobby about driving? I think that it is the mayor who is simply an idiot.

  • Lastango

    Just a politician doing Job One: running a continuous campaign on the public’s dime. Sure, maybe he pandered one pander too far. But he got ink beyond expectations while finding a way to make an “I care!” microgesture.

    I’ll wager he got what he wanted out of this.