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New Japanese trend: “high-heels” classes as a tool for female empowerment

By WITW Staff on June 28, 2016

A new movement in Japan is looking to “empower” women by telling them to … wear high heels. The Japan High Heel Association (JHA) is one of several organizations that’s advocating for women to boost their confidence by wearing high heels, and offering classes to women in “high-heel wearing.” The series of classes, which go on for six months and cost a whopping 400,000 yen (or nearly $4,000) have already been completed by thousands of women in Japan. “Many women are too shy to express themselves. In Japanese culture, women are not expected to stand out or put themselves first,” claims “Madame” Yumiko, managing director of JHA and a former ballerina, adding that it would also help them get better posture. “Japanese women walk like ducks. They waddle along, pigeon-toed, with their bottoms sticking out as if they’re bursting to use the toilet. It looks ghastly.”

Critics, however, have pointed out that the new trend is incredibly sexist, especially at a time when Japan is trying to address its deeply ingrained culture of gender inequality. Mitsuko Shimomura, a prominent social commentator in Japan called the idea behind the classes “nonsense,” saying, “There’s no relationship between wearing high heels and women’s power. It sounds crazy.”

Read the full story at The Telegraph.


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