While you might think most employers would want their staff to clearly focus on the task at hand, some retail bosses in Japan have banned their female employees from wearing glasses because they give off a “cold impression”.
Airline managers have also claimed that wearing frames could impede workers’ ability to see properly while restaurateurs have asked employees to not wear glasses in case they clash with traditional outfits like kimonos.
Currently, the hashtag “glasses are forbidden” has inspired thousands of Japanese women to speak out about the measure which they believe is motivated by outdated beauty standards.
The rule is only for female workers and doesn't relate to male counterparts doing the same jobs
And in June, more than 20,000 women signed an online petition to protest the unwritten rule that female workers should wear heels in the workplace.
Yumi Ishikawa, the actor and freelance writer who first launched the #KuToo petition (the Japanese words for shoe and pain are kutsu and kutsū, respectively) believes there is a direct correlation between the two.
“If wearing glasses is a real problem at work it should be banned for everyone - men and women,” she told Bloomberg news. “This problem with glasses is the exact same as high heels. It’s only a rule for female workers.”