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Sociology

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Japan 'glasses ban' for women

Sarah Best

22nd November 2019

Earlier this month, several Japanese companies were reported as having banned Japanese women (only the women...) from wearing glasses at work.

Reports of this story in headlines sparked debates on social media, with many critics arguing that the issue reflects 'outdated policies' in the workplace and in society in general.

This story follows a similar backlash regarding footwear for women in Japan. Some companies expect women to wear heels and this led to the creation of a petition to end dress codes.

This article could be used for the Culture and Identity unit, Work, Poverty and Welfare, as well in a discussion about gender roles.

Sarah Best

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