In Japan, wearing high heels or pumps is either mandatory or strongly encouraged for many working women. But some have had enough, as evidenced by the strong response to a change.org petition and hashtag called #KuToo.
The petition and hashtag, which combines kutsu (shoes), kutsū (pain) and #MeToo, was created by a group of eight people, including actress and writer Yumi Ishikawa. It’s garnered some 19,000 signatures to date.
A petition with almost 19,000 signatures submitted to the Labor Ministry demanding ban on work dress codes requiring women to wear high heels. The #KuToo movement gaining increased attention as an aspect of the struggle against gender discrimination. (MP) #HighHeels #Japan #Labor
— SNA Japan (@ShingetsuNews) June 5, 2019
Tokyo Reporter quotes Ishikawa as saying: “I want to change the atmosphere within society a little bit … I think it would be nice if women were able to wear flat leather shoes similar to men, who are not viewed being in violation of proper manners.”
The movement has been picked up by the mainstream media in Japan, and has even garnered a response from the country’s labor minister, who wrote that high heel requirements can be considered “necessary and acceptable” at some workplaces. Ouch.
What’s your take on #KuToo?
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) June 5, 2019
Source: Tokyo Reporter