Mothers Who Steal Handicapped Parking Spots from Disabled Woman and Act Rude When Confronted – Motherhood does not make women more loving, nurturing, godly, or mature
“When women who are mothers act like total, entitled, bitches.”
This is another example that counters the well-worn conservative (and yes, I’m a conservative myself, but one who does not agree with the conservative tendency to worship motherhood) and Christian fables that motherhood makes women more nurturing, caring, godly, and selfless than women who are not mothers.
- DEAR AMY:
I have a myriad of health problems. The long and short of it is that I am often in pain and have difficulty walking, sitting and standing. That said, I do not use a wheelchair yet, and while I walk slowly, I don’t always limp.
However, at my newborn’s day care center, none of this matters. There are only two handicap spaces, and they are almost always taken by healthy moms who resent being asked to move to other spaces for someone who “obviously isn’t disabled.”
I try being polite, but some of the moms are incredibly rude. One even threatened me after I asked her to move her SUV. (She was parked across both spaces with the motor off and talking on the phone.)
Honestly, I wouldn’t have asked if there were any spaces within range or even if they got in and out quickly. When there are no spaces in the lot, I have to park illegally in front of the building and block the moms who parked illegally to begin with. Guess who they think is the jerk in that scenario?
I have asked the head of the center to please post a sign reminding parents that they shouldn’t take up the disabled spots but she won’t do it. I feel awful about causing trouble.
Should I just suck up the pain and park far away, or in some cases, wait 10 minutes for a space? Finding another day care isn’t an option.
— Disabled and Distressed
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