Sookmyungians, you will have likely experienced commuting to Sookmyung Women’s University by bus and taking up a seat designed for two people all for yourself, thinking nothing of it. Perhaps there might have even been a man standing in front of you. However, how would you feel seeing yourself on a
Earlier this month, at one of the universities in Seoul, students were given an assignment in their “Sex and Society” course. The task was as follows: “Students use a mirror or take a selfie to take a detailed photograph of your genitalia.” Some students panicked and rejected the assignments humilia
Women often have several fantasy images of their men. Some want their partner to have broad shoulders, and others dream of a "cool" guy, driving one handed. However, recently women seek something new. They want a man who is good at cooking; it's the new vision of a romantic man. In Korean soci
How often do you eat dessert after a meal? Dessert comes from the French word ‘Desservir’, which means ‘finish one’s meal’ or ‘clear the table.’ Dessert consumption has existed since prehistoric times, and it is well-known that ancient Greek philosophers enjoyed dessert after supper forums. With the
One well-known Korean joke is that one of the worst topics of conversation with women is playing soccer in the military. A majority of Korean women have no interest in the military and do not really care what happens there. However, big change has come and they have started to become greatly interes
Have you ever heard of Yi Soyeon, the first space flight participant from Korea? She was also the first woman in space. She once said, "I’ve already lost if you think I'm discriminated against by people just because I'm a woman." She went on to say, "The secret of my success is to ignore
On students’ way to Sookmyung Women’s dormitory, there is a conspicuous blue road. Have you ever seen this sparkling blue road? You will see sparkling blue blocks along the road. This special blue road’s name is ‘Women’s Safety Road.’ Because of the road, Sookmyung Women’s University students can re
Did you happen to see the poster hung by the gender politics club named SFA at the beginning of the term? The poster welcomes sexual minority first years to Sookmyung Women’s University. Many students would have seen the poster as they entered Myungshin building. Then, how did you feel seeing the po
Working at a part-time job at a convenience store near SMU, one drunken person cussed the female clerk because she failed to provide change as quickly as he wanted. She was humiliated but suppressed her feelings because she had to treat customers politely...
Do you remember Siwon, the fan who struggled severely and even slept out in the open to get a ticket to the concert of her favorite idol group, H.O.T? Last summer, the drama, Response 1997, sensationa
Vatican. Hand Span between Sin and Love Pope Francis' embracement of homosexuality made headlines all over the world. He called upon the general public at an official interview to have mercy on homosexuals for the first time since his nomination. He stated, “If they accept the Lord and show goodwill
GERMANYFirst Woman Prime Minister, Angela MerkelAngela Merkel was born in West Germany but after her birth, her family moved to East Germany where she grew up. She majored in physics and became a doctor of physics at the East Berlin Physic-Chemical Research Laboratory. Physics Doctor Merkel started
Dad, Where are We Going?, My Daughter Seo-Young, Miracle in Cell No.7 (7beon-bang-eui seon-mool). What is their common ground? First, they were hit works in the media, and second, they dealt with paternal love. Just like in the media, paternal love is an issue. We feel warmth through the father’s love which appeared on TV. Ko Sunjoo, who is a leader of the Korean Institute for Health and Family, said, “Today, our fathers in the media are more close emotionally like friends, whereas fathers in the past represented household authority as parents.”1 However, this is only media’s situation. In our real world, what is the real father’s image? Is this real in our society?
Do not study one more year to enter the university. Do not go to a Women’s University. Do not go to a university which considers only three subjects on the college SAT (Scholastic Ability Test), not four. Do you know what these mean? They are the advice given by the Korean Council for University Education to graduating high school students in 2011.1 At this point, we need to address one question. Why do high school students and some public educators not recommend women’s university? And, what do we think about this phenomenon? Is it really okay if we stand idly by?
Once you found out that the naturally obvious ‘Dutch Pay,’* we women’s university students carry out at every meal was not such a given at coed schools, was there not a small hint of embarrassment? Perhaps you have had, at least once, the slightest feeling that maybe your lifestyle has become a little too accustomed to a feminist point of view. It is an undeniable fact that feminism has become a rather accepted standpoint in the current society. How will it be, though, if this feminist movement goes a little overboard? Instead of always accepting what is being asked for by the feminists, people are now starting to stand on a defensive line against them. Could this possibly be a short glimpse of an upcoming wave of anti-feminism?
The uniqueness of Sookmyung Women’s University can be recognized by its name, ‘WOMEN’s’ university. Including Korea, there are universities which are only for women in Japan, USA, Canada and so on. Also Hillary Clinton is from Wellesley College, which is a women’s university. However, some people st
There is an interesting story behind the worldwide popular lingerie brand, Victoria’s Secret. The largescale international company of today actually started out with a small underwear store founded by aman who always felt embarrassed of having to buy his wife’s underwear at a department store foreveryone to see. Purchasing underwear was something he felt was humiliating and something hewanted to keep as a secret. Now, thoughts have changed. Underwear, which is meant to be wornunderneath our clothes, is now being intentionally revealed to the public eye as a fashion trend through sheer clothes or see-through material. Although this is a rising trend, not everyone agrees to this flow of thought. What about you?