Women’s rights activists in Italy are supposedly upset that the town of Corinaldo has widened and repainted hundreds of parking spaces as pink to signify they are for pregnant women and new moms. The wider, moms-only parking spaces were debuted for International Women’s Day last Friday. But the UK’s Sun newspaper quotes feminist activists pointing out the gesture only serves to reinforce women’s traditional role as mothers: Keep reading »
I’m sure many women were experiencing road rage last week when word broke out that a German mayor designated various parking spots for only men, and others for only women. Mayor Gallus Strobel of Triberg, Germany presented a new 220-spot parking lot, with more difficult spots designated for males, because, “men are, as a rule, a little better at such challenges,” he said. Riiiiight.
Strobel’s comment is not only sexist, it’s also not completely true: a study conducted by National Car Parks, the U.K.’s largest parking lot operator, tested 2,500 men and women’s “parking coefficients” by scoring their performance on seven parking behaviors. And guess what, haters? We’re actually pretty good at it. Keep reading »
A New York City councilman will introduce a law next week that would grant pregnant women special parking privileges. Women who are having difficult pregnancies that create mobility problems could get a doctor’s note entitling them to park in no-parking or no-standing zones, without fear of getting a ticket, up to 30 days after their due date. Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn said the pregnancy perk idea came after seeing his wife struggle while pregnant. “If I’m on a train and a pregnant woman walks in, I stand up and offer her my seat,” Greenfield told The New York Daily News. “I consider this legislation to be the same thing — standing up on the City Council for women who have difficult pregnancies.” Aww, that’s kinda sweet. Keep reading »
Since Ford invented the Model A, teens in need of privacy have been getting in their cars to get frisky. From lookout points to parking lots, nearly everyone has a story of laying out in the backseat. Cruisinâ€™ around in your car is an American tradition, like baseball or apple pie; Itâ€™s an iconic symbol of freedom in teen genre movies from America Graffiti to Superbad. However, many teens are passing up this rite of passage. According to the Federal Highway Administration, while 43.8% of sweet sixteen year olds were licensed in 1998, a mere 29.8% are today. Although some states have raised the legal driving age, most public schools have dropped Drivers Ed from their curricula. Faced with high insurance rates and pricey private lessons, students might still be flipping burgers well into their 70′s to pay for the privilege of driving legally. This is a national economic crisis that is bleeding into our poor teens’ social lives! The price of getting felt up has gone too far! [New York Times] Keep reading »