It hasn't been a great stretch for women behind the wheel. In an era when women in Saudia Arabia are still fighting for the right to drive, the town of Triberg, Germany -- known mostly for "cascading waterfalls and a preponderance of cuckoo clocks," Slate's XX noted -- recently designated two parking spots deemed particularly tricky to get into and out of "men only." Good to know that the old "women can't drive" stereotype not only persists but informs contemporary urban planning, at least in one little corner of the world.
In this context, it's easy to view the above video, captured in 2010, according to YouTube, but making the Internet rounds this morning, as an example of that attitude at work. It shows German soccer fans in Münster cheering on a female driver as she parks her car in a snug spot following Germany's win against Argentina at the 2010 World Cup. Did this woman really need six dudes (and one woman) guiding her to get this done? Also, doesn't an audience make it more difficult to parallel park?
On the other hand, some members of this crowd had probably had a few when they started cheering her on, and their hearts seem to be in the right place. How often in life do you get your very own cheering section? Not often. Score.
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