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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Japanese companies ban women from wearing glasses at work. Internet is angry

Japanese companies ban women from wearing glasses at work. Internet is angry
November 09
12:31 2019

NET Bureau

Some Japanese companies deciding to ban women from wearing spectacles at work has led to widespread condemnation and sparked heated discussions on social media, the media reported on Friday.

According to Japanese media reports, the companies have “banned” eyewear for female employees for various reasons, the BBC reports. Among them, some retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing shop assistants gave a “cold impression”.

It was not clear whether the “ban” was based on company policies, or rather reflected what was socially accepted practice in those workplaces. But the topic has led to heated debates on social media.

The hashtag #glassesareforbidden has been popular in Japan and the topic continued to attract tweets on Friday.

Some Japanese companies deciding to ban women from wearing spectacles at work has led to widespread condemnation and sparked heated discussions on social media, the media reported on Friday.

According to Japanese media reports, the companies have “banned” eyewear for female employees for various reasons, the BBC reports. Among them, some retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing shop assistants gave a “cold impression”.

It was not clear whether the “ban” was based on company policies, or rather reflected what was socially accepted practice in those workplaces. But the topic has led to heated debates on social media.

The hashtag #glassesareforbidden has been popular in Japan and the topic continued to attract tweets on Friday.

The movement attracted a stream of support and a strong social media following. Supporters tweeted the petition alongside the hashtag #KuToo in solidarity with her cause, mirroring the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse.
The slogan plays on the Japanese words for shoes “kutsu” and pain “kutsuu”.

Source: India Today

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