Korean Sociological Image #75: Gender Discrimination in Everyday Korean Language

Korean Gender Discrimination LanguageAs Noface-nameless explains:

Students at Sungkyunkwan University has created this poster, among many others to point out all the gender discrimination happening with common phrases said between friends and colleagues. The centered text in red reads “WHY do we have to listen to these things” / “WHY do we have to deal with these phrases” (translation open to interpretation)

some of the background text deals with homophobia, rape culture, negative gender stereotypes and heteropatriarchy.

Every time I the conversation of feminism or conversation of gender and sexuality in Korean, it makes me feel good. Because my Korean is very limited, I love adding new words to my dictionary, especially about these things.

Just recently I learned that the Korean translation of Women’s studies is 여성학.. I havent found the equivalent translation for Women’s and Gender studies but Im leaning towards something like 성(sexuality)과 여성학 .?

still learning….

Via: Tales of Wonderlost

(For more posts in the Korean Sociological Image series, see here)

7 thoughts on “Korean Sociological Image #75: Gender Discrimination in Everyday Korean Language

  1. I havent found the equivalent translation for Women’s and Gender studies but Im leaning towards something like 성(sexuality)과 여성학 .?

    Gender in the contemporary academic sense overwhelmingly seems to be 젠더. Gender studies is 젠더학 or 젠더연구 “gender research”..

  2. One of the sentences in the poster reads “In order to be considered a man, you need to have served in the army.” It’s funny, I don’t live in Korea, but this is something I’ve heard my relatives say in my presence (not directly at me, but directed towards me) and even my mom has said it to me. Annoys the hell out of me. I even said I wanted to join the U.S. army after high school (and this was right after 9/11) but they were like, “NOOO you have to go to college.” LOL. Korean parents and relatives, I swear man…

  3. Every gain includes a loss. Sex without rules means no expectations, mocking chastity and depersonalizing sex. Today a prostitute’s competition is sitting in the cubicle next to your man. With this modern paradigm, Korea’s population growth does not stand much of a chance. Hopefully, there is going to be a backlash of some young people waking up to realize that “village values” served the greater good. Was it perfect? … by no means, but it worked to protect most young women. Why destroy it? Why not modify it? When we restore and preserve old buildings, we upgrade the plumbing, electricity and safety factors, but maintain the essence of the style and architectural fundamentals of the period. Ladies, please understand, men historically respected only one virgin, their daughter. When shopping, do you purchase products where the box appears to have been opened? ask yourself why. Kurom…think…

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