“The Secret to a Perfect Vacation? The Oral Contraceptive Pill!”

A rare Korean government campaign promoting contraception use has many positives. But its motivations are anything but progressive. Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. Image, via @smartlovekorea (Facebook): “Fun Waterplay! Sweet Couple Travel! The Secret to the Perfect Vacation · The Oral Contraceptive Pill ·” Korea stands out for its over-the-counter access to the monthly contraceptive … Continue reading “The Secret to a Perfect Vacation? The Oral Contraceptive Pill!”

Morning-after Pill Remains Prescription Only

In the continued financial stand-off between doctors and pharmacists, Korean women’s health and sexual freedom remain a low priority. (Source: withhyunbin; CC BY-NC 2.0) Remember back in 2012, when the Korean FDA announced the monthly birth-control pill would become prescription only? In isolation, there are many reasonable arguments for such a change. In the context … Continue reading Morning-after Pill Remains Prescription Only

“Women Are Voting With Their Vaginas”

(Source: HanCinema) Just a quick quote of mine from Fabian Kretschmer’s article for the German Taz newspaper, about Seoul’s very cool, very inclusive, very female-friendly sex-toy shop Pleasure Lab. Alas, I wasn’t actually referring to what I hope is (or will be) Pleasure Lab’s great popularity with Seoulites though. Rather, to successive Korea governments’ utter … Continue reading “Women Are Voting With Their Vaginas”

(Still) Empowering Korean Women: Over-the-counter contraceptive pills

Increased access to the pill in the US provides a reminder of how good it’s always been in South Korea. Source: YouTube Have you heard? Women in Oregon can get hormonal contraceptives directly from pharmacies now, without having to go to a doctor for a prescription first. And in California, they’ll be able to do … Continue reading (Still) Empowering Korean Women: Over-the-counter contraceptive pills

Korean Sociological Image #89: On Getting Knocked up in South Korea

As in, how many Korean women are pregnant when they walk down the aisle? How many get married after giving birth? How many mothers don’t get married at all? And how have public attitudes to all those groups changed over time? I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to find out. It’s been surprisingly difficult, … Continue reading Korean Sociological Image #89: On Getting Knocked up in South Korea

Revealing the Korean Body Politic, Part 6: What is the REAL reason for the backlash?

(Source: Unknown) Whenever one group suddenly starts competing with another for jobs, there’s going to be a backlash. That’s just human nature. Especially if one group has any real or perceived advantages in that competition. In Korea, the targets are young women, who are exempt from doing two years of military service. They are often … Continue reading Revealing the Korean Body Politic, Part 6: What is the REAL reason for the backlash?