German Mayor Thinks Women Need Designated “Easy” Parking Spots

In what sounds like a scenario that must surely be a joke but then isn’t so you have to try really hard to see how this could be a real thing, the mayor of a town in Germany has designated certain parking spots for women that are easier to park in. We all know the presumption that is in use here, but the mayor swears he’s not being sexist. He’s just being considerate!

The town is in the Black Forest region of the country, and is the proud home of new parking spots with male and female symbols. So you know where to go, depending on your sex. Get it?

The spaces for women are wider and well lit, while the men get the fun challenge of parking next to concrete pillars in spots that can only be reversed into. The mayor says this was an easy decision to make because men are better at parking than women.

“In the new car park we found that two place were not rectangular, at an angle to the road and placed between walls and pillars; that makes parking difficult so we decided to allocate them to men,” he told Germany’s Spiegel magazine, via The Telegraph.

He did concede that some women weren’t awful at driving, and that women are totally allowed to try and park in the manly men spaces. He pointed out how generous he was to the fairer sex because there are 10 spots demarcated for women specifically and only two for men.

‘Easy’ parking spots for women introduced by German mayor [The Telegraph]



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  1. Coffee says:

    Do Asian women get to use two parking spots at once?

  2. The Kingfish says:

    The spaces for women are wider and well lit….

    And closer to the kitchen? *rimshot*

  3. j2.718ff says:

    Volvo’s logo is a male symbol… so if a woman is driving a Volvo, which space should she park in?

    • 180CS says:

      Obviously, the politically correct thing to do here is to then designate spaces for the ‘Lady GaGas’ of the world.

  4. StatusfriedCrustomer says:

    The women’s spots should be pink and have flower scents, otherwise men will park in them.

  5. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    “the mayor swears he’s not being sexist. He’s just being considerate!”

    Sometimes being considerate is also being sexist.

  6. Draw2much says:

    ………what? I’ve heard of pregnant women getting special parking spots, but never just women in general. Wouldn’t it be more prudent to teach women to be better at parking? (This is going on the assumption that women really are worse at parking then men are in this specific town.)

    Better to educate than to just pat them on the head and go “Oh you women, you just never learn!” o_0

    • cybrczch says:

      Sounds like the local Shopko parking lot, handicapped parking, senior citizen parking, pregnant woman/parent with infant child parking…

      • 401k says:

        In a business parking lot the only designation I respect is the handicapped space. And not everyone with a placard needs one.

      • 401k says:

        “Only women can park here”
        “Because fuck you. That’s why.”

    • Geekybiker says:

      Or they could just revoke the licenses of those who are unable to park safely.

  7. Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

    So where does Renee Richards park?

  8. The Colonel says:

    My wife is much better at parking than I am.

  9. blogger X says:

    …I have to agree. My next door neighbor has put dents in cars for at least five years parking in spaces you don’t even have to back into.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      That’s just your neighbor then. I’m a woman and I’m awesome at parking.

      • Rexy does not like the new system says:

        Unfortunately, video proof is required. I’ve known several women who called themselves “great” and “awesome” at driving/parking. They really weren’t.

        • Libertas1 says:


          I’ve been fooled before with this line when it comes to driving, cooking, and sex. I’m on a strictly try before I buy stand now.

        • StarKillerX says:

          Yep, my wife thinks she’s awesome at parking, and at driving in general but considering she’s hit two posts while parking, and 3 deer in 4 years (yes anyone can hit a deer, but most people manage to avoid them most of the time at least) so the facts say differently.

  10. Applekid says:

    I am disappointed the “easy” designation refers to the parking space instead of the woman parking in it. So much for that little shortcut on who I should try to talk up.

  11. meh_cat says:

    If you read some other articles on the issue, the mayor located all the good spaces to women and left all the bad spaces to men. The women-only spaces are not only wider, but also closer to the exits and are better-lit. I think that it is a good idea to reserve parking spaces for women that are not only “easier” to get into, but are closer to the exits and brighter—if only to let women avoid walking through a dark parking lot to get to and from their cars.

    • Geekybiker says:

      So basically she’s saying women are handicapped?

    • 180CS says:

      Personally, I think they’re just saying the women of Germany are fat lazy pigs who are too stupid to find their cars without a spotlight on them.

  12. Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

    I wonder if it will become a matter of macho pride for men to park in the “difficult” spots.

  13. dush says:

    It’s science.

  14. jondotg says:

    This isn’t actually a weird thing in Germany. In most parking garages, the spaces on the ground floor are reserved for women. This is to provide a safer place for them if they happen to be coming or going at night or alone. Let’s face it, women are easier targets for thieves and other criminals, it’s not a sexism thing, just a fact.

    The spaces on the first floor are usually marked “frauen” and there is also usually an attendant at all times that will walk women (or maybe even men, too) to their cars in case they don’t feel safe.

  15. roysd002 says:

    Why bother? In the future, cars will drive themselves and robot wives will become affordable.

  16. 180CS says:

    You know, we could adopt something like this in the states. Give republicans “easy” jobs since they’re republicans. You know, like spinning your coked-up head around in a swivel chair while you hire some poor bastard to “find them weapons on mass destruction”…or taking 40 billion in bailouts while you rape the earth with oil fields.

    Shit, never mind. We already do that.

  17. SavijMuhdrox says:

    at first, i really could see a good intention at work here.. it wasn’t to make up for bad parking ability, but about addressing a level of safety, so women didn’t have to park in badly lit, far away or otherwise ‘unsafe’ spots.

    but you can’t guarantee their safety (or use of the spot) so it just seems unnecessary.

  18. RAEdwards says:

    Sure. And at the same time we can find some “Hard” jobs for Democraps that involve things like spending lots of money we don’t have and acting like we have an endless credit card that never has to be paid.


    • RAEdwards says:

      Damn login for doesn’t post to the Reply on redirect. This was pointed to 180CS above.

  19. blueman says:

    They should do the opposite and designate the small spaces for “expert parkers.” Then all the macho guys would insist that they’re experts and fight over those spots to prove their manly manliness.