I read about this in the paper quite a while ago but forgot to blog about it until now, so it’s probably stale news but I’m going to tell you about it anyway! You have probably read my post about the Women2drive campaign in Saudi Arabia. Well, women in China also seem to be having trouble driving without discrimination. The Beijing police posted up on their Weibo page a list of tips for women drivers entitled ‘Women Drivers Please Take Care To Avoid These Mistakes’. The article gives advice such as: don’t wear high heels when driving, don’t panic after an accident, remember to change gears and don’t forget to release the hand brake.
The article is illustrated with a picture of a women driving a car shaped like a stiletto. The police also think that some women lack a sense of direction when driving and often cannot remember how to get to their destination, even when they have been there several times.
The public response has not been positive with many people commenting on how sexist the advice was. Others pointed out that men also cause car accidents and that it is unfair to point the finger of blame at women. One comment reads ”There are only new and old drivers! No men and women drivers!”