Korean Women's Body Images

The Kafkaesque Korean Beauty Trends of 2009

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Confused about all the new buzzwords used to describe Koreans’ bodies these days? Here’s my translation of an article that gives a quick guide.


Oh? Oh…!

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Call me old-fashioned, but although music videos can have a huge effect on my enjoyment of songs, I still try to judge them on their own merits.

By that criteria, all of Girls’ Generation’s hits have fallen flat for me, no matter how photogenic the girls are. But then I found a remix of their latest hit Oh! by the Greek trance DJ “Areia”, and I immediately fell in love with it.


Sex and the Red Blooded Woman

Remember these?

I first came across them back in 2008, the first time I really tried to understand Korean women’s penchant for skin-whitening. While it turns out that I misinterpreted what exactly the images above were though, from a 2005 study of the relationship between female attractiveness and hormones, one of its conclusions remains the same: the redder a women’s cheeks, the sexier.


Sexually Harassing Girls’ Generation: The Manufacture of Outrage

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“People in their 30s and 40s are emerging as the main cultural consumers, and Girls’ Generation specifically targets the men in that age group,” says Lee Soo-man (53), CEO and producer for SM Entertainment. (Chosun Ilbo, November 2008)


Korean Sociological Image #30: Exploiting Koreans’ Body Insecurities


Like everywhere else, Korea has a long tradition of celebrities endorsing government campaigns.


Korean Sociological Image #29: JYP and the Objectification of Women


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What’s wrong with this advertisement?

When I first saw it, I couldn’t really put my finger on it, other than noting the similarity to some iconic but controversial Robert Palmer music videos. Which was kind of ironic, considering what Park Jin-young (박진영) is putting his fingers on.


Korean Sociological Image #28: Cosmetic Surgery Advertisements Featuring Caucasians


I’ve never done any systematic study of advertisements for Korean cosmetic surgery clinics. But still, I’d wager that the overwhelming majority do not feature Caucasians.


Mise En Scène: The Sexiest Korean Commercial Ever?

The Alphabetization of Korean Women’s Body Types: Origins

Lusting After Teenagers…or the Maturing of Women’s Fan Culture?


When living at home forces young Koreans to keep their sexual encounters a secret, it’s no great surprise that Korean society strongly discourages open expressions of sexuality outside of marriage.


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