Deep-Seated Sexism in South Korea

Monthly demonstrations are taking place in south Korea, demanding the authorities to take actions against the epidemic of voyeurism as well as widespread sexism. On the 4th of August, over 40,000 people gathered for the protest. Voyeurism (the practice of spying on people whom either have sex, or for example undressing), is something that too many women in south Korea have been a victim of. Even south Korea’s president, Moon Jae In, recently acknowledged that illegal spy-cam images had become “a part of daily life” and called for tougher penalties for perpetrators. Authorities in south Korea have not taken these acts serious. According to Article 13 of the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment of Sexual Crimes, a person “who takes pictures of another person’s body, which may cause any sexual stimulus or shame, against the latter’s will by using a camera or other similar mechanism” can be punished by imprisonment of not more than five years or by a fine not exceeding 10 million won – but the authorities are usually letting perpetrators of easily. For example, one woman found out that the vice-president for the company she was working at, had secretly been filming her, by installing a spycam in the toilet. She confronted the suspect, who admitted he had installed the device but denied watching any of the footage as the camera had only been switched on the previous day. As she persevered with her suspicions against the vice-president, and uncovered hundreds of video clips and photographs he had kept of her and other women. What happened next was typical of the response experienced by south Korean women who attempt to take legal action. She went to the police, who initially tried to dismiss her concerns. The vice-president, a colleague of five years, told police he was in love with her and complained that he was no longer intimate with his heavily pregnant wife! The woman have since left the company, while the vice-president is still working there. The police believed everything he said and he was only fined 500,000 won (approx. €350).

It is acknowledged by most that there’s a culture of misogyny in the south Korean society. While South Korea have both the highest suicide rate and the lowest fertility rate in the world, it’s also esteemed by the West as an advanced capitalist society. With social and political unrest over the last couple of years, the south Korean puppet fascist regime have felt obliged to discredit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with the help of “defectors”. While previously relying on the fairy tales of the rapist Shin Dong Hyuk, south Korea have started paying off another “defector” Lee So Yeon. Her stories of gross sexual abuse within the Korean People’s Army(KPA) surfaced in 2017, coincidentally when more and more people took to the streets to protest sexual violence and rampant harassment in south Korea. Note that Lee So Yeon supposedly defected from the DPRK in 2008 – nine years earlier. According to herself, rape is common within the ranks of the KPA and according to her, men who commits rape, don’t often know themselves they have committed a crime. She claims that they don’t know what rape is because people in the DPRK are brainwashed etc. even though rape is punishable by death, and according to some Western sources rapists are executed by firing squad. You can only ask yourself how a person may not, at all, be aware of that you’re committing a crime that may have you executed. For being a person speaking out against sexual violence, Lee have also praised the well-documented sexist Donald Trump. According to her, Trump is a “cool guy”.

Soldiers march past the podium during a military parade in Pyongyang

 

While there are many examples of women in south Korea who are getting constantly discriminated in their work places. Some women might even end up loosing their jobs while pregnant, which is one reason why it’s getting more common for women in south Korea not to have children. While women in south Korea have to suffer under capitalist exploitation, women do enjoy an extensive welfare system, where they don’t have to give up their job or worry about loosing it, as the law in the DPRK guarantees equality and work protection. With the birth of People’s Korea, the government led by the Workers’ Party of Korea has enacted laws such as the Law on Sex Equality, the Labor Law, and the Law on Nationalization of Essential Industries. The retirement age for women in south Korea is 60 years, while for their sisters in the DPRK, the retirement age for women are at 55 years, with full pension.

Female emancipation in Korea was reached in the days when the Korean people successfully fought and defeated the Japanese imperialists in 1945, under the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung. Women have since played an important part in the defense of the country. the puppet army of south Korea only started letting women join the military academies in the 1990s. In 2013, female soldiers in south Korea was about 8,200 in a total military force of 639,000 soldiers. Even though the number of female members in south Korea have increased, discrimination against them has not eased. An investigation by the National Human Rights Commission, released in November 2013, found that close to 12 percent of women in the south Korean military experienced sexual harassment, and that 71 percent of female soldiers were aware that their superiors preferred male subordinates to female. 34 percent of the women who experienced sexual harassment said that, since they did not believe the military would ever change, they would just endure the discrimination.
The puppet regime’s army is nothing but a conservative and reactionary organisation, where most people today are joining to get better opportunities in life. Yes, you will indeed be offered a more secure employment, and it’s more difficult for many to find a decent job in the south Korean civil society. The Korean People’s Army in the DPRK are an army of the people, to serve the people, and defend the country from imperialism. The KPA is an army of ardent patriots who are dedicating their lives to defend and advance socialist construction.

The Juche idea liberated Korea and is the key to human happiness and equality. Neither Happiness nor equality can be reached within the frames of capitalism.


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