Being a guy rules. Being a girl, well…not so much. A sampling of reasons:
1. Men can go the bathroom standing up, allowing me to easily and conveniently engage in one of my favorite pastimes; peeing outside (especially in the snow).
2. During childbirth women are subjected to incredible physical pain (or so I’ve been told). Men can stream 3 NFL games and update their facebook on their IPhone while “helping” with the pregnancy (or so I’ve been told).
3. When men (much better looking than me) gain intimate affection from a large variety of female friends they are considered “The Man”. When women do the same, they are called names that oftentimes start with “sl” and end with “oot”.
However, there is one arena where fortune favors the femmes, much to my perpetual irritation:
footwear in the workplace. As a high school teacher in the States for four years, I was bombarded with this inequality on a daily basis, much to my chagrin. Female colleagues could come to school wearing any assortment of footwear, including the ubiquitous Old Navy thong sandals, the same ones worn for communal dorm showers, and it was all deemed acceptable. Nothing was out of the realm of possibility. And yet I, as a male, would slog to school in my leather dress shoes, pining for the opportunity to free my feet from the shackles of administrative injustice.
And then finally one day, after a 15 hour, 6800 mile plane ride and a quasi-career change, it happened; I was on equal “footing! Japan’s quirky “blind below the knees” culture has allowed me to finally be the man I want to be, free from the work shoes that bind us.
Below are the three “indoor shoes” I have worn during my 4 months of phalangial freedom.
Sanuk Flip Flops:
At home, used for going to the beach and to take out the trash. In Japan, perfectly acceptable to teach in. What a country!
Rainbow Flip Flops:
My “dress” flip flops for school in Japan. Isn’t life grand?!
Kissmark Slipper Shoes:
Once the temperature began dipping below 55 degrees I realized that the flip flops without socks thing was probably not going to cut it much longer. When I found these puppies on the clearance rack at Sports Depot, I snatched them up and my life has been better for it. They are easily the most comfortable things I have ever worn on my feet to work in and I actually get bummed at the end of the day when I have to take them off and change back into my outdoor shoes for the walk home.