Some days, I feel like a walking stereotype.
Today was no exception.
Today was no exception.
I drove into a long and very narrow lane way this morning to drop something off at the back door of an inner city business. As I entered the driveway I noticed a young guy cleaning the windows of a nearby shop.Ten minutes later I got back in my car and started to reverse down the lane way (as it is the only way to get back out onto the road). As I was checking the rear vision mirror, I saw the window washer, complete with his long purple rubber gloves, standing in the middle of the driveway, directing me.
It wasn’t just a hand motion here or there. Rather, he was making some seriously crazy hand actions like those white gloved traffic officers do in Barbados.It was so bizarre I could not stop giggling. Those purple rubber gloves.
As I got to the footpath, I wound down the window and said, “Thanks but it really wasn’t necessary as I have done this lots of times before.”
Looking very chuffed with himself, he walked over to the car and said, “Oh that’s ok, it’s just that it's really narrow and I know women can’t reverse or park that well so I thought you would need some help.”
Women find it hard to park and reverse? He was so certain. Like all women?
I thought we had evolved a little further than this. Apparently not. I told this story to a few male colleagues and they all sided with the window washer. Well, after a bit of arm twisting to get them to tell me what they really thought, that is. According to them, there is allegedly one thing women and blind men have in common, their ability to navigate. One guy told me that if you "tell a woman to turn north, then east and then north again she’d get turned around faster that a frog in a blender."
So many jokes. Whoa, I am glad the men I know usually prefer to take silent pride in their apparent superiority (or maybe that's just because they know that the scorned woman stereotype really exists as well).
I then checked Mr Google, who also clearly loves this stereotype because it threw up an impressive 123,000,000 results when I keyed in “women can’t park”.There are so many entries about men having better spatial abilities than females and scientific studies proving X, Y and Z and hilarious videos showing women parking or should I say trying to park. I couldn’t be bothered with any of them until I noticed a recent news story from Germany.
A very game Mayor of a German town has sparked some controversy by introducing "easy" parking spots for women.
Apparently the Mayor introduced the spots because men were better at parking than women.
The women's spaces, which are marked by female symbols, are reportedly better lit and wider, while the men only spots have concrete pillars to negotiate and can only be reversed into. The Mayor said that women were welcome to attempt parking in the men only spots, but that "men are better as a rule at such challenges".
What do you think - how's your parking?
As long as I make it between the lines I am happy.