Korean Gender Reader

“X FUNS cover” by Yuko Shimizu (2005; source). For more of her work, see Visual News, her website, or her Facebook page.

Body Image, Health

Convincing Women in China They’re Too Hairy (Bloomberg)

The Dark Side of K-Culture (Randomwire)

True ‘Gangnam Style’ Fashion (The Huffington Post)

A Brief History of the Double Eyelid (Korea You’re Beautiful)

South Korean girls’ obsession with double eyelid surgery as they strive to look like ‘pretty western celebrities’ (The Daily Mail)

Seoul rises as beauty destination (The Korea Herald)

Hyori looks gorgeous for Elle, but netizens focus on her “sagging” tits (Asian Junkie)

Jessica and Yunho named the ’2012 Barbie & Ken’ (Allkpop)

Censorship, Media

COOL’s Yuri Isn’t Dead, but my Faith in Korea’s Media Is (Seoulbeats)

KOCSC calls for regulations on outfits, choreography, slang, but do nothing to address real issues (Asian Junkie)

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Pre-screening MV’s (Seoulbeats)

Joking about North Korea gets young leftists thrown in jail (The Hankyoreh)

Idols and Endorsements (Seoulbeats)


Attempted rapist pleads drunkenness in appeal, gets HEAVIER sentence (The Marmot’s Hole)

Woman’s biting off of man’s tongue deemed self-defense (The Hankyoreh; The Marmot’s Hole)

Anger as Suwon Murderer Escapes Death Penalty (Korea BANG)

Key East Entertainment manager arrested for repeated sexual assault … fucking ugh (Asian Junkie; Soompi)

Taking Advantage of Passed Out Drunk Girls, Netizens Debate (Korea BANG)

Which is on the rise? Sex crimes or media sensationalism? (The Korea Times)

Dating, Relationships, Marriage

Matchmaking industry swooning (The Korea Times)

Picture of the Day: Baby Festival (ROK Drop)

Japan Court Rejects Suit Challenging Outdated Remarriage Law (Japan Real Time)

The Basics on Dating Chinese Men, Our Perceptions, And Stereotypes (Speaking of China)

I’m a Feminist AND It’s Tradition in China? On Not Changing My Maiden Name (Speaking of China)

Education, Parenting, Demographics

SKorea: Principal under investigation for hitting students (Asian Correspondent)

Interview: In New Film, Korean Adoptees Search for Roots, Redefine Family Tree (Asia Society)

Korea – U.S. International Adoption Ornament is Racist and Ugly (Korean Gender Cafe)

Are You Effing Kidding Me? (Geek in Heels)

Japan’s Demographic Nightmare (The Diplomat)

Economics, Politics, Workplaces, Ladygate

On My War Against the Window (On Becoming a Good Korean (Feminist) Wife)

Japan’s women: Can they save the country’s economy? (BBC)

Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style: how Seoul’s most exclusive neighbourhood went global (The Guardian)

Japan’s deaf ear to Gangnam Style riles South Korea (The Telegraph; Japan Today)

Psy reaches 500 million viewers in shortest time. And Japanese Youtube users suck (The Marmot’s Hole)

Can Psy start a new Korean Wave? (Asia One)

Dennis Hong debuts a robot that dances to “Gangnam Style” (TED)

Big Trouble in Little China + Gangnam Style. John Carpenter approves (io9)

From ‘Gangnam Style’ to ‘Dartmouth Style’ (3WM)

Psy meets legendary American actress Betty White (Omona They Didn’t!)

Ai Weiwei Parodies ‘Gangnam Style,’ Confuses Pundits (Asia Society; Scene Asia)

Gangnam Style hits South Park (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Oppa earning $60K per Vegas gig (Omona They Didn’t!)

The data behind Gangnam Style: The rise and rise of PSY (The Economist)

LGBT, Sexuality

Gay-o?!: Glee and Call Me Maybe in the classroom (Alleyways)

More elderly enjoy sex (The Korea Herald)

A rise in abortions shows Chinese students need more sexual freedom, not less (Shanghaiist)

“The true sign of rough economy is not the weakness of the country’s exports industry, or the difficulty fresh college graduates face in landing a decent job, but rather when a 73 year old woman gets arrested on prostitution charges.” (The Japan Daily Press)

Reading List: Toward a Queer Korean American Diasporic History (The Kimchi Queen)

The King and the Clown’s Love Story (Seoulbeats)

Everything you wanted to know about sex in China, but were afraid to ask (Seeing Red in China)

Japan allows male-to-female transgender children to attend school as “female students” (ILDA)

If anyone ever tells you homosexuality was brought to Korea by the West… (The Kimchi Queen)

A look at prostitution among teen runaways (Gusts of Popular Feeling)


Study: female N. Korean defectors suffer depression, sexual abuse (Yahoo! Korea; The Hankyoreh)

Female athletes’ rights on radar as stars multiply (Korea Joongang Daily)

Rain Under Fire For Special Military Treatment (MTVK)

Seoul Fashion Week S/S2013 off to a Running…Fumble (Yahae!; Scene Asia)

The Story of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Geum-Soon Yoon, A Woman Farmer (The Next Women)

Pop Culture

We’re famous for not having talents, though (Frank Kogan)

The Pre-debut Touch (Seoulbeats)

More thoughts on the question of SM trainees (Angry K-pop Fan)

Counterpoint: Reasons I’d Want to be a K-Idol (Seoulbeats)

K-pop’s ‘Music Factory’ Exports Knock on America’s Door (Asianaut)

— New York-Based K-pop Academy Scandal Put on Blast by Local News (MTVK)

Social Problems

Steep increase in income inequality since 1990s (The Hankyoreh)

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