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dateline: 19 June 2019

Japanese Women Sign #KuToo Petition

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • petition: a written request signed by those who support a change or idea
  • discrimination: the unequal treatment of a minority
  • prohibit: to not allow
  • regulation: a rule
  • attire: clothing
  • spin-off: something that was inspired or born from a larger project
  • #MeToo movement: an effort to increase awareness about sexual harassment and sexual abuse (especially in the workplace)

Japanese Women Sign #KuToo Petition

A Japanese woman has received thousands of signatures on her footwear petition. Ishikawa Yumi is accusing of discrimination for expecting women to wear high heels at work. Japanese law prohibits sexual discrimination in the ; however, there are no regulations preventing employers from requiring specific work attire for men or . In a recent , 60% of Japanese women reported that they are to wear high heels at work. The hashtag #KuToo, which combines the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsuu), is a spin-off of the #MeToo movement.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is Ishikawa Yumi’s petition for?
  2. What are Japanese employers not allowed to do?
  3. What inspired the #KuToo movement?

Discussion Question

Should employers be allowed to require female employees to wear high heels for work? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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