A man recently asked for advice about how to respond to a strange sign in his company parking spot. The notice reserved a spot for women only, but was he wrong to find this offensive? Here’s what he had to say:
He Was Working A Great Job
“I am an approx 22.5-year-old man. I recently snagged a really, really good job. I work as a corporate-level administrator in the trucking industry. It’s been a pretty sweet gig so far, and I have no complaints as of yet (2 months in).”
He Appreciated His Colleagues
The man’s workplace was very diverse, and he was happy to see that they were all professionals. He rarely had any problems with them, and they always seemed to have his back. All in all, the job was everything he’d expected. But that was about to change.
He Made A Discovery
“About a week ago, I was walking through the parking lot to my car after the end of the day, and I was looking at the sunset through the chain link fence. As my eyes darted around, I happened to notice a pink metal plate bolted onto the fence. I thought to myself, ‘Woah, what’s that, and how did I not notice it before?’”
He Read The Notice
The man wanted to know what the notice indicated, but he was immediately disappointed. According to the new sign, only women were allowed to park in the spot. There was an icon of a woman, like the one used on bathroom doors, beneath the text.
He Wasn’t Anti-Woman
The man stressed that he wasn’t upset or angry at the new sign. He didn’t hold a grudge against women, and he was happy to have so many competent female colleagues. This wasn’t a question of misogyny but rather one of common sense.
He Didn’t Understand The Need For The Sign
He just didn’t understand the point of the sign. Why should women get to park their cars in one particular spot? How did that help the cause of equal rights? But he also understood that his perspective was limited.
He Asked His Fiancée For Her Perspective
The man wondered if being a man meant that he couldn’t understand the point of the sign. But when he consulted his fiancée, she also thought that the sign was ridiculous. If the sign seemed stupid even from a woman’s perspective, why was it there?
He Thought That There Were Better Ways To Support Women
The man had already commented on the diversity of his workplace. He thought that giving women jobs in his field and empowering them in the world of business was the best way toward equality. It wasn’t that he was opposed to supporting women. He just wanted to do so productively.
He Wasn’t Sure That Parking Spots Solved Any Issues
The more he thought about the notice, the more it concerned him. As far as he was concerned, his workplace should focus on ensuring a diverse pool of employees rather than empty virtue signaling. His dream job seemed to have its priorities all wrong.
Was He Being Unreasonable?
The man couldn’t be sure if his male perspective was blinding him to the sign’s usefulness. But he had tried to get a woman’s insight, and his fiancée had also found the sign to be pointless. It was hard for him to work out if he was overreacting.
People helped the man realize the purpose of the sign: “It’s probably just a means for female employees not to walk too far at night to their vehicles. Do you have afternoon teams? Is it a large car park where CCTV may not cover the area?”
Another person held a similar viewpoint. They said, “Women live in a different world than men, and it’s hard to understand if you are not in it. It’s scary to be alone in a dark parking space at night for women.”
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