Complete with pink skirted icons and flowers.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government in South Korea has
recently announced an ambitious plan to make the country’s capital more
female-friendly. The $95 million “Women Friendly Seoul” initiative is filled
with creative urban planning ideas that’ll allow the ladies to feel safer, more
comfortable and more welcome in the busy metropolis. However, one part of the
plan isn’t being met with much enthusiasm by many women in the city: “lady-friendly
While designated to be better lit and closer to entrances
and elevators, the thing about these spaces that’s really gotten women mad is
the fact that they are based on some very old stereotypes. As the Korea Times
states, “the spaces will be painted pink with emblems of women in the center.
The special parking lots will be longer and wider than normal parking spaces”. Women who choose to forgo these special slots and walk instead will be treated
to new, squishy and stiletto-friendly sidewalks along the city streets.