Written and designed by: Jo Yeoul (19-A2)
Welcome back to the second edition of “You’re Miss-ing out!”. If you happened to skip out on the first edition of this short series, I would strongly recommend that you go back and read that first before reading this one. For this edition, we will be looking at some actual comments and posts made by people on the internet (translated by yours truly!) to get more insights on how people feel towards this matter.
Site 1: Naver
So this is the website NAVER, which is the Korean version of Google. I typed in “메갈리아”, which refers to one of the most notorious radical feminist groups in South Korea as mentioned in the previous article. Let’s look at some of the things that people have said about them.
As seen on this image which I took from Naver, I could not find much personal blogs which discussed the issue. Most of them were factual, informative posts which talked about the radical feminist groups from a political standpoint. However, a brief scan tells me that they are aware that the groups such as Megalians mainly consist of “feminists with no basis” with even a post stating, “Calling a woman a Megalian or Womad can be considered a case of defamation in court”. Hence, their views towards these radical feminists are largely negative, and there are posts trying to explain the difference between feminism and radical feminism. Other posts show books which were published to explain the negative influence and wrong ideas which these radical feminists may possess.
So far, so good.
Site 2: Google
Next, I headed onto Google to get more personal opinions. After some scrolling, I figured that there is no need for me to scroll any further. Most of these posts are similar to the ones found on Naver. They all discussed the problems with radical feminism, as well as pointing out the differences between the various radical feminist groups. However, as we look at the recommended videos, we start to see the stereotypes people have towards those in the radical feminist groups. While the two videos on the right talks about how people who called others “Megalians” and “Womads” got into serious trouble, the most noticeable video would be on the left. The thumbnail shows an overweight woman, and the caption below states, “Megalians and Womads, you can tell them apart with just a glance?”, which implies that these radical feminists always act and look a certain way, hence forming a stereotype. This brings us to the next website, which is YouTube.
Site 3: YouTube
Being a platform where people are allowed to post any type of content which they wish to, I felt that YouTube was the best place to get some personal thoughts on this matter. Upon entering the necessary keywords, we see that most of these posts are once again criticising these radical feminists and calling them the “cause of evil in our society”. Other posts below are similar in nature, with some posting parody videos of these radical feminists to mock them. Other videos showed a popular Korean Youtuber suing and reporting the hate comments which he received online from these feminists. I decided to click on his video.
Most of these comments are praising his actions as seen by one of them commenting, “one year has passed (since the video was uploaded) but I am sure this guy will continue to develop and improve as he is wise and kind” while belittling those who sent in hate, with one of the comments saying “they can’t do anything else except disliking the video LOL”. However, it should be acknowledged that most of the people commenting on his videos are his subscribers, and they all share a general dislike towards these feminists.
I decided to look up “Korean feminism” instead to see if there are any other posts related to the issue. These are some of the posts which I have discovered.
When I broadened the scope to the entire feminism movement, we see that there are more posts talking about them. Upon closer look, we see that these posts are all largely negative towards the feminism movement, with one of the videos stating, “this is why feminism in South Korea is 100% sure to be a flop”. Other videos below are also similar and seem to carry negative connotations and ideas towards the movement.
Moving on, I also checked out a parody video which a woman has posted to mock a person who claimed she was a feminist by uploading a video with the title, “I am not pretty”. The parody video is called, “I am pretty”. Here are some of the comments.
Although most of these comments are talking about how the video were slightly cringey, they all seem to be supporting her and her parody. They all seem to agree with the idea that people can choose to wear makeup if they wish to, and that the “tal-corset” movement should not be forced on everyone as it is not necessary. Although the person whom this Youtuber is making a parody of is not exactly a radical feminist, she is under heavy criticism as she used to be a makeup and dieting channel where she films herself trying to lose weight in the past. However, shortly after posting the video “I am not pretty”, she stopped posting videos of her wearing any makeup and only uploads vlogs of herself cooking and playing with her pets at home. Judging by the like to dislike ratio and the comment section where there are only positive and supportive comments, it seems very likely that some comments may have been deleted.
Summary and Conclusion
Although I wanted to include some posts made by radical feminists in this article, I figured there were too many things to censor and most of the content is not insightful. From what I have read, most of the people seem to be aware that the radical feminists do not represent what feminism is all about. They criticise them and spread awareness on their misunderstandings. Despite this, it seems like people are associating the radical feminists with the entire feminism movement. Thus, the hate which people have garnered towards the radical feminists are slowing spreading to the entire feminist community. However, it seems like this is slowly taking a turn as people are starting to ignore these radical feminists and hence making their statements irrelevant in a way. As the attention given to them is dwindling, they seem to become less prevalent in society and hidden in the depths of their own private websites.
From my own personal view, I hope the feminism movement in South Korea will develop further so that the country can progress to become one that strongly believes in gender-equality and fight against gender discrimination. Although it seems like there is a long way to go, this transformation does not seem entirely impossible and may potentially occur.
With that, I would like to end this series and hope that you will not be miss-ing out on any future articles available on The Origin*!