Dieting

“Juvis Professional Diet” Does it Again…

(Source: Busan Focus, 15 June 2011, page 17)

With apologies to the guinea pigs that were the first to receive it back in March, as I get more practice I’m constantly updating (and hopefully improving) my public lecture on gender and Korean advertising, and as I prepare to give it a fourth time this weekend I realize I’ve been seriously remiss in not mentioning Koreans’ exceptionally tolerant attitudes towards photoshopping in it previously.


With Great Legs Comes Great Responsibility?

(Source: Seoul Focus, May 17 2011, p. 13)

Korean Sociological Image: Thin Caucasian Girls Gone Wild?

(Source: Ads of the World)

Sigh. I beg to differ on Cup Noodles being a “diet food” made for “people who want to get themselves into shape”, but it’s no great surprise that that’s how they’re being marketed in Korea.


Perfect Upper Bodies, But “Healthy” Legs: Update

(Source)

Do you think Arirang should have removed its  Twist in Figures video from YouTube?


Korean Sociological Image #57: Perfect Upper Bodies, But “Healthy” Legs

Normally I’d reserve something like this for the next “Korean Gender Reader” post, but then this is simply one of the most appalling things I’ve seen on Korean television in nearly 11 years here. Or, as a friend put it, it’s “totally fucking reprehensible”, and in the strange event that it’s not rapidly removed from YouTube because of the overwhelmingly negative response, then we’ll both be calling Arirang TV to complain about it.


Reading the Lolita Effect in Korea, Part 2: The role of K-pop and the Korean media in sexual socialization and the formation of body image

A simply surreal video making the rounds at the moment. As explained by Lisa at Sociological Images, it:

…beautifully illustrates the socialization of children into particular kinds of worship. With hand motions, body movements, and facial expressions, this child is doing a wonderful job learning the culturally-specific rules guiding the performance of devotion.


The effeminacy of male beauty in Korea


Lessons about Korean ads from a Hong Kong woman

How cool is it that someone so young makes a video starting like this:

Now, I’ve been here [in Hong Kong] for about…3 and a half years…and I think that if you look at common stereotypes, and you look at the way women are portrayed in the media, there are basically 3 main categories of role models for young girls to look up to. I call them: the sex-object, the virgin baby-machine, and the [bitchy] career woman. And the thing is, I can’t help but feel that it doesn’t matter which category a woman finds herself falling into…cause they all suck! And no matter what she chooses, she just can’t win!


Korean Photoshop Disaster #7: I Hate You Lee Soo-kyeong…

( Sources: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th )

No, not really.


The Grand Narrative on Air

This time, a live phone-interview on tomorrow’s This Morning show on TBS e-FM, Busan e-FM’s sister station in Seoul. Hosted by Dr Hans Schattle, a political science professor at Yonsei University, I’ll be talking alongside Dr. Robert Kushner of Northwestern University on the overuse of diet pills in Korea, with me focused on the sociological aspects of dieting and body image in general. Catch me there from roughly 8:40am either before, together with, or after Dr.


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