I saw this story about a week ago and cringed when I read various headlines all stating the same thing: men are better at parking than women.
It kept recycling itself over and over and over again until it was deigned that I must write about it despite my personal aversion toward the topic. Why, you ask? Because for me, it reigns true. I am a horrible parker.
A new study shows that men are proven to be better car parkers than women. Why? It appears to be true due to the lack of spatial understanding on a woman’s part. Research states that women take approximately twenty seconds longer to park sufficiently than that of a man. Men were concluded to be better parkers because their concepts of spatial comprehension were triggered faster than women and in a more accurate manner.
Self-proclaimed feminist author Germaine Greer states that the study was “pointless” and detrimental to feminism because all it did was provoke her. Greer claims that the findings won’t deter her from parking and won’t chip away at the self-confidence she’s built around her driving abilities.
I’m not going to lie. I know that I’ve got plenty of faults and shortcomings and it makes me human to not only encompass, but admit these things. Even the really bad things.
I’m a terrible parker.
Let me take that back: I am the worst car parker you will ever meet. Parallel, parking spot at Whole Foods, it doesn’t matter. I’m a disaster. I’ve never hit anything (other than the underside of my car on the cement bay dividers), knock on wood, but I am the slowest, most un-graceful car maneuver-er that you can possibly fathom seeing.
However, I can admit this and I feel that makes me the better person. Better than what, I don’t know; but I do know that it doesn’t make me less of a feminist – or woman – to admit it.