A SHOP dedicated to selling menstrual products has sparked outrage after they suggested their employees done badges alerting customers to which stage of their cycle they’re at.
The colour-coded badges at the Daimaru Umeda department store in Osaka, Japan – with blue signalling “on your period”- feature the character Seri Chan, or Miss Period, as some argued the idea was in bad taste.
Seri Chan, or ‘Miss Period’ was featured on the badges[/caption]
The pins were colour-coded, with blue signalling a worker was on their period[/caption]
Bosses are now “reconsidering” after horrified customers said it was “crazy” and “creepy.”
The plan was originally bizarrely aimed at “fostering sympathy” among co-workers with other colours of the badges allowing workers to signify if they were irritable, post-period or nearing the time of the month.
The store said today they had hoped the badges would “encourage bonding.”
However, they were inundated with complaints from the public, prompting one anonymous male exec to say: “Some of them concerned harassment and that was definitely not our intention.
“We’re reconsidering plans now.”
The shop sells a range of products aimed at topics which are thought to be largely stigmatised in japan, including menstrual cups and sex toys.
Store manager Takahiro Imazu had previously told local media: “In Japan, there is a tendency for women’s sexuality and periods to be taboo subjects.
“Not every customer will react positively, but the fem-tech industry is booming and the values of young people are changing with it.”
Other companies in Japan have faced backlash over sexism in the workplace.
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There was public outcry after Japanese labour and health minister, Takumi Nemoto said it was “necessary and appropriate” to wear high heels at work.
He said: “It’s generally accepted by society that (wearing high heels) is necessary and reasonable in workplaces.”
The comments sparked the Japanese #KuToo movement, taking inspiration from #MeToo and the Japanese words for “shoes” and “pain,” “kutsu” and “kutsuu.”
The shop also features a glittering section[/caption]
The store sells all-things period[/caption]
Bosses say they’re ‘reconsidering’ following backlash[/caption]