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#KuToo: Why Women In Japan No Longer Want To Wear Heels To Work

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Women across the world have had to battle internalised and enforced sexism to find equal opportunities at their workplace, but for women in Japan, the sexism permeates even in dress codes. Women in Japan have started a revolution against a rule that makes high heels mandatory for women.

Japan Today reports that both men and women are expected to wear suits when out for hunting jobs, but they cannot get out of wearing heels. The hashtag #KuToo started trending on Twitter as women spoke out against this practice with some calling it misogynist.

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“Both men and women are supposed to wear suits, though women can opt out of a necktie. What they generally can’t get out of, though, is wearing heels. Granted, showing up in club-worthy stilettos is a faux pas, but flats are usually frowned upon for ladies, since they’ve traditionally been viewed as too casual, and so mid-level pumps have become the de facto dress code for female job hunters in Japan,” the report states.

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In Japan, applicants have to show their interest in the job by visiting their recruiting offices for seminars and interviews. Wearing heels during these visits, which naturally includes taking the public transport and tackling crowds, can be cruel to women’s feet. #KuToo is a combination of two words – ‘kutsu’ meaning shoe, and ‘kutsuu’ meaning pain.

This is how Twitter users vented their ire against the practice:

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