Women have been having babies for as long as the human race has existed.
In prehistoric times (and to this day in some societies), women used to gather food in the fields to feed their families- even while expecting- and then, once the child was born, they would carry him/her around in their backs or hips (which explain the evolutive characteristic of "the hips and ass" in women).
Fast forward to modernity and pregnant women are encouraged to exercise (I see pregnant women working out all the time), some go to school, a good percent of them continue to work until they give birth, they still take care of business at home among other things.
So someone explain to me, WHY DO PREGNANT WOMEN NEED THEIR OWN PARKING SPOTS?
You go to the mall, and there they are. You go to schools, there they are. You go to supermarkets, there they are. Even at the gym they have stork parking! WHY? WHY? WHY?
It seems to me that by giving pregnant women their own parking spots, society is treating pregnancy like a disease. Pregnancy is not a disease, it is a natural part of life uncomfortable though it may be! I mean seriously, so you gain weight, you have discomfort, your feet swell and every once in a while you wanna' puke. If you go by that criteria, we should also have parking for the obese!
A few days ago I went to the supermarket and this fairly pregnant lady (+/- 6 months) expected me (she didn't even ask me nicely) to give her my spot in the deli line just because she was pregnant. Her spot was right behind me. Hmmmmm...if you are physically capable to leave your home to go grocery shopping which requires walking, lifting, reaching, etc., you are certainly able to stand still for 3 minutes while I get some cheese.
Same principle with the parking.
If you are going to the mall, which by definition implies that you are going to walk around and do physical exercise, then why can't you walk from a regular parking spot like the rest of humanity? It's not like you are going to carry your bags yourself! It's not like walking an extra 20 meters is going to cause deformities in your child! On the contrary, pregnant women are recommended to walk!
On a hospital I understand that there should be pregnant women parking. A woman in labor is an entirely different story. But a pregnant woman who is healthy enough to leave her house to do stuff is no way uncapable of parking with the rest of the mere mortals.
Pregnancy is not a handicap.
If you are going to come argue with me and tell me that you need that parking spot because you have a high risk pregnancy and can't walk around a lot, then you shouldn't have left your house to begin with. Because if the walk from your car to the store can harm you or the baby, then the walk within the store can hurt you just as much!
Ugh! I swear to God, sometimes it feels like society takes 2 steps forward but 15 steps back!