Posts Tagged ‘body image’

Paper-dols and how K-pop (and K-pop fans) normalise impossible body ideals

Recently, Dispatch released yet another borderline horrifying article titled “As light as a feather: 9 ‘paper doll’ idols”(part of its ongoing list series “Girl Story” which focus on idols and often, specifically, their diets like this one) about several female idols and their less than 45kg bodies.

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Reframing the Korean Plastic Surgery Debate pt. 1: Debunking Western Media

Recently there has been a growing amount of interest in plastic surgery in Korea from various western media outlets. From TV documentaries to newspaper articles to various high-profile blogs, it seems like everyone wants to talk about Korean plastic surgery and why it has become so prevalent. However, to…

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From Macho to Make-Up: Shifting Gender Ideals in South Korea

Centuries of conservative morals and Confucian culture has led to a traditional sense of gender in South Korea. Gender roles are still widely very stereotypical and the ‘macho male’ image still prevails across the country – yet South Korea is the male make-up capital of the world. It has the…

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Dear Mr. PD, Give Me a Break! Female bodies on K-pop TV shows

The image above is a screenshot of G.NA’s performance on last week’s Inkigayo

Sometimes I really don’t enjoy watching K-pop music shows. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the big fancy set pieces and costumes and I’m always curious to see if the…

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Plastic Surgery in Korea: To Do or Taboo?

It is no secret that Korean culture seems to hold beauty in such high regard to the point that it is common practice for young women and even men to alter their appearance in drastic ways.

It is normal for people to want to look their best, it is just…

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Impossible ideals: The true costs of Korea’s beauty standards?

Many people I talk to often become very confused when I say that I have female acquaintances who are Korean. Mainly as the first thing they ask me is how I manage to deal with their constant fussing about their appearance before laughing the matter off. But to me this…

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Cute Girls Finish First: Is aegyo a form of power?

Cuteness is something valued throughout the world. For evolutionary reasons, humans are programmed to want to protect and care for cute things. Big eyes, small mouths, small noses, naivety and innocence are all traits which are universally thought to be inherently cute and they are all traits associated with those…

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The idealisation of Korean men

Since I started my degree in Korean Studies and moved to Korea, I have noticed that foreign women are idealising Korean men. From students of Korean to English teachers and people just casually interested in Korean popular culture, they have all created this perception of Korean men being the perfect…

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