This got me thinking about the abundance of high heels I've seen in China. I've noticed it for a while now, but have never really figured out why they are so prominent here. Is it a height issue? A femininity thing? For that matter, why is it so common to see someone wearing heels in the most inappropriate of places, like climbing a mountain? Somewhat more elaborate answer: Wearing high heels does have an effect on enhancing certain body features.
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TOKYO — Japan is the latest battleground for women revolting against the tyranny of high heels, as a fledgling movement seeks government protection from workplaces that require the footwear. Thousands of supporters have rallied behind the hashtag KuToo — a pun based on the Japanese words for shoe kutsu and pain kutsuu. It was started by Yumi Ishikawa, a year-old actress who said she had to change career paths after having difficulty standing in heels for eight hours during training at a hotel. She submitted a petition to the labor ministry this week, signed by more than 18, people, that called for a law barring employers from forcing women to wear high heels. As of Tuesday, there had been no official response to the petition, but Ms.