Staying quiet no more about sexist encounters

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About three years ago, when I was working part-time in Japan as a cashier in a convenience store during my university years, I made a casual comment to my then-store manager, a harmless-looking man in his 40s, that the new models of coffee machines 7-Eleven had ordered were much larger.

He raised his eyebrows, looked straight into my eyes and said: "So you like it big, huh?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 08, 2020, with the headline Staying quiet no more about sexist encounters. Subscribe