Extra-wide parking spaces outside a mall in China designed for women have sparked a debate on social media in the country over allegations of sexism.
The mall, located in the northern Chinese port city of Dalian, has 10 spaces with an extra 30 centimeters marked in pink outside the main entrance that were provided after women had trouble parking in the standard basement slots, managers said.
“We just wanted to make things easier for women, who make up most of our customers,” said manager Yang Hongjun, a woman herself.
China’s official line is that of gender equality—Mao Tse-tung said that “women hold up half the sky”—but in reality, sexism persists in the country. Beijing police said in a microblog last year that women drivers “lack a sense of direction” and often “hesitate and are indecisive about which road they should take,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Driving for both men and women is a perilous endeavor in China, where in 2012, 60,000 people died on the roads.