What are many Japanese women told when growing up about how to act?
a) to be smart
b) to be ladylike
c) to be courageous
d) to be loved
The answers are...b) to be ladylike and d) to be loved!
Traditionally, the ideal portrayal of women is quiet, nice, and kawaii (cute). To be obedient and not to voice opinions.
(Side note...even my mother's name means "obedient"!).
Things like laughing loudly with your mouth open were not considered ladylike, so women are typically raised to laugh softly and cover their mouth.
Even though this culture has been diminishing, some women still feel the pressure to act a certain way or minimize themselves, especially in public.
What do you think about this culture?
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