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Any argument that women aren't as good at men at driving is frankly fake news. But one woman looks to have perpetuated that stereotype by calling for wider car parking spaces especially for women drivers.
WATCH RAE ARGUE FOR WOMEN-ONLY PARKING SPACES BELOW:
Driver Rae Martin, a mother-of-four, appeared on British breakfast show This Morning today to discuss a scheme that's apparently already in place in China, which lets women drivers park in specially marked spaces.
Martin, who was honest in calling herself 'a rubbish driver', argued British women could do with similar spaces, saying getting 'distracted by their children' makes them inferior drivers.
As you can imagine, viewers widely saw Martin's stance as baloney, saying her opinions were 'sexist' and 'outdated' by at least a couple of decades.
Women-only parking spaces have been popular in Chinese shopping centres for years and have recently been introduced to service stations in the city of Hangzhou, reported the Daily Mail.
These 'special' parking spaces are somewhat bigger than usual and are distinguished from normal parking spaces using bright pink lines and images of a woman or a stiletto shoe.
Although the spaces haven't gone without criticism, Martin said they'd help drivers who struggle to park properly or who own bigger cars, saying: "I'm rubbish, I cant park to save my life. Absolutely rubbish."
Martin even went so far as to say that she often loses focus on parking her car due to squabbles between her children in the backseat.
"I just think 'Thank you for giving me a bigger parking space, it's going to keep my insurance premium down'," she said.
Unsurprisingly, viewers weren't impressed by Martin's argument, leading many of them to suggest that the problem was less to do with women and actually more to do with her.
"'Female only parking spaces has literally made my skin crawl, if you can't park in a parking space you need more practice, not a bigger space. And it's not just women who can't park!" one person tweeted.
"I think Rae needs to pipe down and practice her parking," another said.
"Female parking spaces?? How sexist! Not all women are bad at parking and need extra room,' a third added.
It looked like Martin was in a minority of one on this one, as This Morning's co-hosts Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield decided to join the pile-on along with a fellow guest on the show.
Phil agreed that the proposal could be seen as sexist, while Holly pointed out that mother and baby parking spaces do already exist for parents to use.
"I do think it's sexist," seconded motoring journalist Jess Shanahan, who was facing off against Martin in the debate.
"There are people out there who can park well and people who can't. The stereotype that women can't park well will be furthered with these spaces."
Looks like Martin should just brush up on her driving then. No doubt some viewers would be willing to pay for refresher lessons.
Featured Image Credit: ITV/This Morning
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