Posts Tagged ‘gender’

The Behind the Scenes Gender Divide in K-Dramas

Lots of time and attention is given to the stars of K Dramas, but rarely is the spotlight shone on those working behind the scenes. Screenwriters and directors are equally important to a drama’s success (or failure) but are largely ignored. So I set off to answer the question…

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SNSD vs SJJD: Why Girls’ Generation have so many female fans

If you were to ask a Korean what the average Girls’ Generation fan looks like, their descriptions might have quite a lot variation but they would likely have one thing in common: they would  be male. The group’s target demographic is no secret, SM founder Lee Soo-man has…

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Sad but Sexy: The Problem With Girl Group Concepts

Any pop culture is, by nature, heavily influenced by trends but few are more so than K-pop. K-pop trends are obvious, fast-moving and often oddly specific. One such trend which has become particularly prevalent recently is the ‘sad but sexy’ concept being adopted by many girl groups…

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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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Dangerous Men: The Normalisation of Domestic Abuse in Korean Dramas

“You’re cute. Every now and then. There’re also times when you’re beautiful. From time to time. But…Why do I like you?” – Baek Seung-Jo in Playful Kiss
One of the most common tropes in Korean dramas features an innocent and pure-hearted woman (with shortcomings) who…

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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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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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