Women of South Korea

In the opinion article, “South Korea’s Misogyny,” by Seo-Woong Koo, the author seeks to persuade his audience that equal rights should be given to women of South Korea. He efficiently builds his argument by referring to a personal anecdote, alluding to an event, and citing data. He starts off by recounting a personal story — his mother’s experiences with her “domineering father” and her conservative husband. By drawing the audience with a personal encounter about men being dominant over women, the author means to establish the harm of a patriarchal society that is approved in South Korea. The author further strengthen his claims by alluding to an event. In that event, “a young woman had been stabbed to death in a bar restroom in a busy shopping district in Seoul.” He goes on to state that men expressed “the killing was an act of misogyny and said that women were being hysterical.” This illustrates that seriousness of the inequality between men and women, and allow the audience to draw the a similar conclusion to the author on how the inequality between men and women is a crucial issue that must be resolved in South Korea. Lastly, the author cites data to prove his argument. He mentions how according to the World Economic Forum, South Korea ranks “115th out of 145 countries in gender equality.” The data provided demonstrates that South Korea women are struggling to fight for equality and to be treated not as an inferior. The author continues to assert credible sources, such as the Ministry of Employment and Labor, explaining how “women earn only two-thirds of what men earn.” By providing these two sources, Seo-Woong Koo illustrates the validation of his claim of how South Korean men are treated as the predominate figure compared to South Korean women. All in all, Seo-Woong believes that an anti-discrimination bill should be passed to advocate equal rights among all genders and prevent these problems from becoming a constant issue in Korea.

As a South Korean female myself, I hope the society of South Korea would recognize the harm of a patriarchal society that Korea has emphasized since the time period of the Koryŏ Dynasty where Confucianism was idealized. In agreement to the author of this article, I believe that one of South Korea’s prioritizes would be to pass the anti-discrimination bill. Thus, South Korean women would feel comfortable in their own skin and own country. They would not be treated as the inferior, rather both genders would be treated equally with the same payment and same respect.

“South Korea’s Misogyny” by Seo-Woong Koo: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/13/opinion/south-koreas-misogyny.html?_r=0


2 thoughts on “Women of South Korea

  1. I also think it is necessary for South Korea to pass the anti-discrimination bill so that every citizen of this country can be equally respected. I believe the “Gangnam Station” incident that the author referred to in his article is one of the extreme crimes of misogyny, and thus we should not make generalizations of gender inequalities from this incident. I agree that there are still many men and women, especially of older generation, who have gender stereotypes, such as believing that men should be the leader of the family, and that sons are more precious than daughters. It would be very difficult to suddenly break these gender stereotypes, but we can still hope that they can gradually decrease over generations.


  2. By reading her article, I could notice about women rights in South Korea is a serious problem. I hope the anti-discrimination bill pass as soon as possible and make our country better place to live.


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