Listen to Japans women: high heels need kicking out of the workplace | Summer Brennan

The #KuToo campaign reflects a long history of female repression and suffering, says author Summer Brennan Were used to talking about high heels in terms of fashion, fantasy and even feminism. But were somewhat less accustomed to speaking about them as business etiquette and workplace obligation even though, to many women, thats exactly what they represent. While many wear high heels for fun and self expression, countless others wear them because of industry standards, or even because their boss says they have to. But why? The long-running to-wear-or-not-to-wear debate was resurrected this week when petition to her countrys labour ministry asking for a ban on employer-mandated high heels. Her efforts have been bolstered by a clever hashtag: #KuToo is a …

Danielle Steel is a prolific writer, but is that to be envied? | Oliver Burkeman

Working all the time, shes written 179 books. But compulsive productivity has a flip side The novelist Danielle Steel has written 179 books, releasing them at the rate of seven a year and for all I know, shell have released a few more in the days between my writing this column and you reading it. But how? In an she works all the time. No, I mean, all the time: for at least 20 hours a day, with a full 24-hour day a few times a month, and one weeks holiday per year. I know the question youre about to ask, and the answer is: like Margaret Thatcher. I dont get to bed until Im so tired I could sleep …