SEOUL: Condemnation of quotas for girls, vilification of a short-haired Olympic gold medallist, and calls to abolish the gender ministry itself: A backlash in opposition to feminism is on the rise in South Korea, with even presidential candidates becoming a member of in.
Whereas South Korea is the world’s 12th-largest economic system and a number one technological energy, it stays a male-dominated society with a poor document on ladies’s rights.
That has been challenged in recent times, with younger ladies combating to legalise abortion and organising a widespread #MeToo and anti-spycam motion that led to the most important ladies’s rights demonstrations in Korean historical past.
At their most militant some campaigners have vowed to by no means marry, have youngsters, and even have intercourse with males, whereas others have gone viral smashing up their make-up merchandise on video in protest in opposition to the nation’s demanding magnificence requirements.
FEROCIOUS ONLINE CAMPAIGNS
Now a fierce response is spreading on-line.
Members of anti-feminist teams, typically right-wing, have even bullied triple Olympic champion An San in the course of the Tokyo Video games for having quick hair, and demanded she hand again her medals and apologise.
One such group’s YouTube channel has drawn greater than 300,000 subscribers since its basis in February, and their on-line campaigns will be ferocious.
They’ve extracted apologies from firms – and even a authorities ministry – for utilizing photographs of pinching fingers in promoting, which they declare “excessive, misandrist feminists” use as an emblem for small penises.
And main mainstream conservative politicians – together with two presidential contenders – have seized on the broader anti-feminist sentiment with pledges to abolish the gender ministry.
Critics accuse the division of “deepening” the nation’s social tensions, with younger males claiming equality insurance policies fail to deal with points that have an effect on males.
They are saying it’s particularly unreasonable that solely South Korean males should carry out close to two-year obligatory navy service, delaying their profession begins in a extremely aggressive society, whereas ladies are exempt.
Lawmaker Ha Tae-keung, who’s in search of presidential nomination by the conservative opposition Folks’s Energy Get together (PPP), says the ministry is out of date and advised AFP that it wanted to be disbanded to scale back the “huge social price attributable to battle over gender points”.
In an earlier tv look, he advised broadcaster MBC: “It is like a zombie – the ministry’s nonetheless round though it is already useless, and that is why it is solely creating adversarial results.”