So it would seem, Japanese women are demanding rights to wear glasses on social media, this comes after there have been reports that there are employers who are imposing bans, we can hardly believe it!
In times gone by there have been many stiff rules about women’s appearance, many of us are aware of them, but he hashtag “glasses are forbidden” has now been trending on Twitter!
This all seems to be in response, and reacting to, how a Japanese television show, that exposed businesses that were imposing the bans on female staff, are we not a civilized world? Maybe that’s another story entirely though!
One twitter user said:
“These are rules that are out of date”
Another said that the reasons that the employers try to justify this was:
A woman who works in one restaurant said that she is repeatedly told not to wear glasses because it would be quite “rude” and they didn’t at all go with her traditional kimono!
Kanae Doi, the Japan director at Human Rights Watch said:
“If the rules prohibit only women to wear glasses, this is a discrimination against women”
Just a little bit earlier this year there were calls for Japanese companies to cease their actions in forcing female staff to wear high heels, yes you heard us right, this is really going on!
Over 21,000 people have signed an online petition, that was started by a female actor, it has started to be known as the #KuToo movement.
The minister in Japan said that the dress code expectations were:
“necessary and appropriate”
He was referring to the dress code in the place of work of course…
Japan happens to be ranked 110 out of 149 countries in the World Economic Forum’s latest global gender gap report, really lagging behind all other countries, but hearing what’s going on there we are not surprised!
What would you say to an employer who insisted you count not wear glasses and you had to wear high heels?