Kpop and the entertainment world in general has a lot of problems, we know this.
But in Korea, the conversation isn't that loud as it is in say, America. Women are paid 40% less than men for the same jobs in Korea, the biggest gender wage gap in the developed world. Girls are still forced into a ton of ridiculous stereotypes and it is SUPER evident in Kpop.
Now, I'm not super into girl groups. I have gotten more and more into them in the recent years, but for the most part I am a fan of boy groups exclusively. But regardless, as Kpop fans we have to think about how we play into this (see my closing statement)
Below are three examples of how girls have it harder in the entertainment industry (not just in Korea!)
1. Being Sexy
Girl group dances get banned so much more often than boy dances.
See the above gifs: all the girl dances in this group were banned, all the boys were not.
Take this example.
This is one of the most celebrated moments of Jimin's performance LIFE. I love it, you probably love it, Korean media loved it.
But then...why was this dance banned from broadcast at the same time?
EXID had to change their choreography for any time they would be on TV.
2. Talking About Bodies
During a reality show filming, f(x)'s Krystal told her skating mentor that she would be his diet coach if he is her skating coach. The internet blew up calling it just another example of how Krystal is such a bitch. (And if you actually watched the clip, she's clearly joking...)
Then, Nicole from KARA came out and told the media that Key from SHINee told her she was fat and 'inspired her' to lose weight. People defended him, saying he was just being caring and looking out for his friend.
I'm not saying it right or wrong to tell people to live healthier, but why are girls labeled bitches for doing the same things guys do?
3. Being Confident
I'm a Hakyeon bias. A big stinking annoying Hakyeon bias that loves everything that little demon does.
He makes jokes CONSTANTLY about how beautiful he is, how talented, how perfect, how smart, etc. It's his comedy routine, his persona, his little go-to joke on broadcasts.
AND I LOVE IT.
But for girls who make statements like that, they're conceited, not funny or confident.
Most recently, 9Muses Kyungri joked in an interview that she considers herself to be one of the sexiest girl idols.
and the internet disagreed.
Credit: One Hallyu Forums
Mainly I think that girls have it a lot harder EVERYWHERE, but I think a lot of this change can start with us as fans.
Stop slut shaming girls for doing body rolls, but screaming for your oppa to hump the stage. Stop thinking girls are naturally bitches when guys make the same jokes. Stop only celebrating the male talent.
I'm not saying we need to be girl group fans, I'm saying we need to STOP being judgmental and harsher towards girl groups. Even if you've never left a mean comment, I know that I judge girls harsher than boys in my mind. Let's work on stopping that together.
Girls rule, and we have a huge part in letting them remain awesome.
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