[ti:Japanese Women Stand Against High Heels] [by:蜗蜗牛小游戏网 www.liandama.cn] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问www.liandama.cn [00:00.52]Thousands of Japanese women have joined a social media campaign [00:06.08]against rules for what kind of clothing is acceptable at work. [00:13.04]The campaign also rejects expectations [00:17.24]that women wear high heels in the workplace. [00:22.80]The movement is called #KuToo. [00:25.94]The term #KuToo is a play on the Japanese word [00:31.68]"kutsu" for shoes and "kutsuu," meaning pain. [00:37.12]Yumi Ishikawa launched the campaign [00:40.60]after leaving a message on the social networking service Twitter. [00:46.19]She wrote about being forced to wear high heels [00:50.44]for a part-time job at a funeral home. [00:54.68]The 32-year-old said the requirement is an example of gender discrimination. [01:03.68]Ishikawa also works part-time as a writer and as an actress. [01:10.72]She has started on online appeal to demand the government [01:15.64]bar companies from requiring female employees [01:19.76]to wear high heels on the job. [01:23.52]As of Tuesday, nearly 20,000 women have signed the appeal. [01:30.80]Ishikawa wrote that wearing high heels causes health problems [01:36.48]for women with their feet and in the lower back. [01:42.16]"It's hard to move, you can't run and your feet hurt. [01:46.56]All because of manners," she wrote, [01:49.40]noting that men do not face the same expectations. [01:55.44]While many Japanese companies [01:57.92]may not exactly require female employees to wear high heels, [02:03.36]many women do so because of tradition and social expectations. [02:09.52]Ishikawa said she had been the target of online harassment [02:14.88]over the campaign, mostly from men. [02:19.60]"I've been asked why I need to make such a big deal about this [02:24.48]- can't I just work this out with your company?" she said. [02:29.00]Ishikawa told the Reuters news agency, [02:33.04]"We need people to realize that gender discrimination [02:37.20]can show up in lots of small ways." [02:41.36]She noted the way women are treated [02:44.48]by their supervisors and expectations [02:48.20]that women will do all the housework and childcare [02:52.44]- even if they work outside the home. [02:56.92]Japan, she said, is "way behind other countries in this regard." [03:03.16]Japan finished in 110th place out of 149 countries [03:10.32]in the World Economic Forum's gender-equality ratings. [03:16.52]Until recently, Japanese businessmen [03:19.88]were expected to wear neckties at work. [03:24.08]However, that has changed since the government [03:27.72]launched a campaign in 2005 to persuade companies [03:33.21]to turn down air-conditioners and reduce electricity use. [03:40.32]"It would be great if the country had a similar kind of campaign [03:44.80]about high heels," said Ishikawa. [03:48.88]The health ministry said it was considering the appeal, [03:53.20]but had nothing more to say. [03:56.88]In Britain, Nicola Thorp launched a similar appeal in 2016 [04:03.48]after she was sent home from work [04:06.40]for refusing to wear high heels. [04:10.24]A parliamentary investigation found [04:14.05]there was discrimination in British workplaces, [04:17.68]but the government rejected a bill banning companies [04:21.56]from requiring women to wear high heels. [04:25.68]I'm Alice Bryant. 更多听力请访问www.liandama.cn