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December 2015.

Need I say more?

I find that in Koran society women are subtly oppressed by the system. I didn’t really recognize it until I started talking to friends who have been here all their lives or are mostly native Korean but lived abroad for a few years, noticing the strong cultural stigmas and social norms of this country.

In terms of work, I found out that statistically, all women are paid less than their male counterparts for the same job and same hours. I really didn’t expect that from Korean society, but the more I learn about it, I do see the ways women are oppressed.

Also in the workforce, women are expected to be submissive, quiet, and obedient, hiding all their emotions and thoughts. It may sound extreme to the average American, but if y ou take a look into the culture and daily habits at work, it is very clear. You are to be clean cut, professional, service-oriented, submissive, and obedient. Though each industry may look a little different, it is clear that it is a patriarchal society that allows men to dominate in leadership roles, family roles, and work roles. It’s very complicated here in Korea and this is just scratching the tip of the iceberg, but I did want to make a social statement on this piece.


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