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Japan: Land of Sexism

Gee, ya thunk, maybe?

Japanese Store “Rethinking” Menstruation Badges For Female Employees
Amazingly, the badge icon was not Godzilla, but “Miss Period”

A department store in Japan is reportedly “rethinking” a new policy of having female employees wear a badge with a cartoon character dubbed “Miss Period” that signifies they’re menstruating.

The Daimaru department store in Osaka introduced the voluntary badges in October following an employee’s suggestion, BBC News reported.

“It was never the intention to share the menstrual information with their customers,” Daimaru spokesperson Yoko Higuchi told the BBC.

Higuchi said the so-called “period badges” were supposed to create empathy among coworkers, including allowing longer breaks and extra help for employees on their period.

Higuchi told the BBC that reactions to the badges were mixed.

No, really? Mixed reactions? Which means what, half the women decided that a roundhouse kick to the nuts was an appropriate response, and the other half went with a karate chop to the throat?

Meanwhile, Japan, not exactly the land of gender equality or anything ...

The controversy comes at the same time local media has reported that some Japanese companies are banning female employees from wearing eyeglasses, with some saying they make women look “cold” or don’t allow people to see their makeup.

That’s right, because grasses not sexry and a woman’s physical attractiveness is the ONLY thing that matters in the workplace.

But it doesn’t end there either ...

In another controversy this year, Japan’s foreign minister ignored a 20,000-signature petition, saying mandating high heels at work is “socially accepted as something that falls within the realm of being occupationally necessary and appropriate.”

Poor Engrish aside, I’m going to assume this means the foreign minister made the high heels statement, and that there wasn’t actually a petition calling for them. But who knows? This is Japan, where weird is the old normal, and weirder still is the new normal. Plus furries and cosplay.

The idea, Daimaru spokeswoman Yoko Higuchi told the BBC, was to “improve the working environment” for staff by sharing the information.
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One unnamed Daimaru executive told local media there were then “many complaints” from the public, with “some of them concerning harassment”.
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Daimaru are not cancelling the policy, but they are rethinking it.

Ms Higuchi said they would come up with a different way of sharing the information - without alerting the public.

How about, “go fruck you seff, asswad-san”?


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