Women's Parking Spaces in South Korea Are Definitely Not Patronising

26/05/2014 13:52 BST | Updated 26/05/2014 17:59 BST

And now for the latest news from the world of staggeringly patronising things.

womens parking spaces

Yes. That stencilled drawing you're seeing is meant to be a woman - as in, specially wide and long women's parking spaces that are helpfully daubed in pink with female iconography, the latest thing in South Korea.

Thousands of the spaces, which are better-lit and closer to lifts and escalators, are being put in in Seoul.

An official said it was meant to "make things more comfortable" for women and was not a comment on their driving ability.

According to website, the city's Assistant Mayor for Women and Family Affairs, Cho Eun-hee said: "It is like adding a female touch to a universal design and make things more comfortable for women."

This is not the first time gender segregated parking spaces have been implemented.

In 2012, the German town of Triberg triggered a sexism row when it put in 12 parking spaces reserved for women in a 220-space car park, where the rest were "men only".

Mayor Gallus Strobel said "humourless people" had criticised the move but the response was "overwhelmingly positive," The Guardian reported.