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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:42 PM
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the kinds of things that make women happy are heel-friendly streets and pink parking garages.
By 2010, Seoul's women should officially be happy at least the ones with driver's licenses. In May, the city government started to paint 4,929 public and private parking places pink throughout the city, with thousands more slated to go under the brush next year. The pink parking spots, reserved for women drivers so they don't have to walk so far to work or the mall, are part of the South Korean capital's Women Friendly Seoul Project, an effort for the notoriously macho Asian city of more than 10 million to transform itself into a safer, more heel-friendly "space for women."

A nice idea, but the plan may end up reasserting South Korean women's secondary status more than boosting it. Led by Mayor Oh Se Hoon, the $104 million program launched in 2007 under the slogan "Happy Women, Happy Seoul," with a focus on mothers of young children and the unemployed. Assistant mayor of women and family policy affairs Cho Eun Hee says the program will be, among other things, helping to find work for jobless women, paving streets to make them high-heel friendly, building more women's public restrooms, improving lighting in public spaces, creating safe parks for women, expanding a women's taxi service and adding more public day-care centers. Cho says the project aims to eliminate "the inconveniences, anxiety and discomfort that women in Seoul experience on a daily basis."

It's not that working women in South Korea couldn't use the help. Though South Korea is Asia's fourth largest economy, only about half of its women have full-time jobs; in June, nearly 10 million women were employed nationwide, according to the National Statistics Office, compared to almost 14 million men. In Seoul, many women work infamously long hours, with employers offering few systems to help working mothers keep a manageable balance between their jobs and families. "Because of the very high price of child-rearing in Korea, it may prove more economical to stay behind helping children to do better in the school," says Professor Chang Pil Wha of Seoul's Ewha Womans University. Finding a job after maternity leave can also be an uphill battle.

While Seoul's project may help women "worry less about harassment or violence," Chang says, "the question remains about how to share the household chores and responsibilities" so that women can more freely enter and stay in the labor market. Eunyoung Cho, a 25-year-old who will be leaving Seoul this fall to pursue a degree in economics at the University of California, Davis, also questions its efficacy, saying the project seems more political than personal. "The policies make the citizens feel that their mayor is doing something, but they do not feel the changes in their lives," Cho says. "President Lee Myung Bak got huge political fame during his term as the mayor of Seoul. He reformed the public transportation system and constructed a big park in the center of the city. I guess Mayor Oh wants to follow in President Lee's footsteps."

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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:46 PM
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1. Well, sometimes steps forward come in odd ways
If part of the project makes things safer, then there are probably worse things that could be done.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:46 PM
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2. Gender-specific parking?
Oh, this is a bad idea...
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:54 PM
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4. when women are considered properly attired for business in wing tips and three piece suits
get back to me.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:58 PM
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5. The "heel-friendly streets" are a separate issue.
(one that I support, in the interest of basic safety)

You have another justification for gender-specific parking?
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 08:01 AM
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6. have YOU ever walked three city blocks in heels? I arrest my case!
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:52 PM
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3. Public restrooms, day care, paved streets - The Horror!!!
I have read many right wing women who say these kinds of programs are bad for women in third world countries. The thinking is so convoluted, I gave up even trying to understand it.
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