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South Korean Women 'Escape The Corset' And Reject Their Country's Beauty Ideals

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    firstname (edited ) Link
    I think it´s important to include men when topics like these are spoken of. This particular article is about a feminist photographer, why is not men mentioned once? If you replace woman with...

    I think it´s important to include men when topics like these are spoken of. This particular article is about a feminist photographer, why is not men mentioned once? If you replace woman with people in this article it would help breaking a stigma. Men rarely speak out about how they are just as much included in this issue as women.

    I remember back when i first heard about poor self image, eating disorders and everything in between that touches on this subject, often blaming media. It must have been about 19 years ago, during my early teens. Feminism started very early in Sweden, so i definitely missed a lot of the media coverage and discussions. But boy´s where never mentioned, ever. When i see anything about men it´s mostly about fat or dicks, or something stupid like that.

    The word Feminism might trick you into thinking it´s a female equality movement, it´s not a female movement. It´s an equality movement, it´s about burning bridges between the sexes, which is why i think this article is counter productive in some ways.

    It should be about "treat everyone the same", and "treat others like you would treat yourself". That is why it´s important to include men in topics like this one. If more did, and stigma was broken, you would end up with a better result. A young woman reading this article might get the wrong idea, that media is only targeting women, which in turn should create more hate towards men rather then seeing us as equals. Same goes for a young boy reading this, not feeling included and outside of the movement.

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      junya Link Parent
      You bring up some good points; I agree that feminism as a whole should target equality between the genders . But also, the photographer in her life was primarily impacted by the standards of what...

      You bring up some good points; I agree that feminism as a whole should target equality between the genders .

      But also, the photographer in her life was primarily impacted by the standards of what an ideal woman should look like and that was her inspiration for the project.

      It's been a while since I've been to Korea, but at least from when I was there I can see why she wanted to do this. Personally, I haven't ever seen so many advertisements telling people (primarily women) that they would be ugly and unsuccessful without their product (skin whitening cream, colored contacts, hair product, etc.) and/or plastic surgery. It was like the stereotypical ad in Cosmo or similar magazines, except you could never escape them. They'd be on the TV, at the subway station going to work, etc.

      The problem being solved from my perspective is that the beauty industry in South Korea is primarily targetting women in ways that are unhealthy to their physical and mental wellbeing.

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      1. firstname Link Parent
        I actually wrote this early in my unedited initial comment and decided not to keep it, as It would kind of defeat the purpose of the statement i was trying to make. Fully agree still, it should...

        But also, the photographer in her life was primarily impacted by the standards of what an ideal woman should look like and that was her inspiration for the project.

        I actually wrote this early in my unedited initial comment and decided not to keep it, as It would kind of defeat the purpose of the statement i was trying to make. Fully agree still, it should have been said.

        South Korea might be the "worst" country concerning advertisement like described in the article today. It´s the country with most plastic surgery in the world. It´s also a high tech country with one of the strongest economy´s currently, which has made it possible in the first place i suppose. there must be new advertisement laws combating this, not sure which ones have been made in other places like here in Sweden, could be interesting to see if we have done, if anything at all.

        The problem being solved from my perspective is that the beauty industry in South Korea is primarily targetting women in ways that are unhealthy to their physical and mental wellbeing.

        Beauty products will always target mainly women, on the other hand, there has never been more men using beauty products in the western world as these days.
        Another point to take into consideration is how these types adverts affect men, especially young men. They get a skewed way of what a woman should look like, poring more fuel into the fire.
        Note that i try and look at this problem from all types of angles, no matter who you are.
        Lets say it´s a parent, perhaps this would put unhealthy pressure on their child, there are so many angles you can take, and its unhealthy for everyone.

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