UN Slams N. Korean Human Rights Violations

John J. Metzler, the United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues, starts off his article, “UN Slams N. Korean Human Rights Violations”, with a general concern over growing human rights violations in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He mentions how numerous nations around the globe, which are part of the United Nations, are sponsoring the ten-page resolution on “a deteriorating human rights situation” in North Korea. The resolution highly criticizes this communist country’s “inhumane conditions of detention, rape, and public executions”. Even more so, North Korean citizens have severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms, including their rights to openly express their opinions. Because of occasional public prosecution of North Korean political figures, citizens fear that they may become the next victims, harshly hindering themselves to follow the words of Kim Jong-Un, the current leader of DPRK. Brainwashing and rigid schemes in schools also forcefully allure children and young adults into believing that whatever is being taught at school is all based on “facts”. For instance, gender-based and social class-based discrimination are perceived as natural to the locals of DPRK.

As he expresses in the article, Metzler believes harsh condemnation of the DPRK regime has a possibility to change the nation, but not with great certainty. I also agree that as long as Kim Jong-Un continues to apply intimidation and fear against his citizens, UN’s ten-page resolution would have no influence on his communist beliefs. Even if the international community keeps knocking at DPRK’s door to realize how harsh and inhumane the situations are for its citizens,  we can only imagine its future. Although it is of utmost hope that DPRK considers taking action in regulating crimes against humanity, it still seems there is only a minimal chance for change.  

More information: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/197_218787.html


Media Sexism Over The Past Decade

“How Women Are Portrayed in Media: Do You See Progress?” is a 2016 opinion article written by Caroline Turner for The Huffington Post. As the title of the article suggests, the author wonders whether, or not the negative and limiting representation of women in media has improved over the last decade. As she builds her arguments, she makes references to a multitude of media sources, as well as some organizations related to media sexism imposed on women. Turner believes that “there has been a slight, but positive shift in how women are portrayed in media”. She further expresses her opinion by referring to how a lot of women anchors are now shown as rigid and powerful, rather than being weak and feminine compared to male anchors. However, her words convey her concern over how it must be very complicated,  or nearly unrealistic to completely change the stereotypical perspectives of people, because the media has portrayed such sexist images ever since it was available to people. She also worries about the negative effect on women and girls in reality due to media’s portrayal of women as the “minorities” of the society. The author remarks that her way of rejecting sexism in media is avoiding to watch films, or any other media materials which demean women. She also recommends others to follow her way to strike the limited and stereotypical representations of genders in media.

My opinion is actually quite the opposite of this article. The author, Caroline Turner, believes that media has improved in exempting from negative images of women, but personally, that sounds inaccurate. In fact, there are even more sexual representations of women nowadays, because the media industry has become very competitive. Hence, many media related companies are trying to come up with contents that are arousing, so that people are tempted to read, listen to, and watch various media sources available. Although I believe that many developed nations have been, and are still attempting to deteriorate the stereotypical images of genders, the way that our media is sexually, and sometimes negatively portraying women still requires more time and effort to be discarded.


Refer to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/caroline-turner/how-women-are-portrayed-in-media_b_9320666.html