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Friday, March 15, 2013

Park Geun-hye's "Venomous Swish of Skirt"

Posted by on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

The New York Times has an interesting look at the effects of sexist language North Korea is using against South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, whose "venomous swish of skirt" North Korea recently called out as partly responsible for rising tensions between the countries:

The North Koreans, masters of outrageous propaganda, no doubt picked their phrase carefully for the South’s first female president. “Swish of skirt” was long an insult in Korean culture, directed at women deemed too aggressive, far from the traditional ideal of docile and coy.

“North Korea is taunting and testing her,” said Choi Jin, head of the Institute of Presidential Leadership in Seoul. “It’s an important test for her at home, too. People supported her for being a strong leader, but they also have a lingering doubt about whether their first female president will be as good in national security as she sounds.”

The sexist barb is one small piece of the early challenge the North has posed for Ms. Park, who came into office just after Pyongyang detonated its third nuclear test and has spent her first three weeks in office managing increasingly fraught relations between the two countries.

Does her gender matter to leaders in North Korea? To citizens in the South? Experts in the article disagree.


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ArtBasketSara 1
Venomous Swish of Skirt! I'm calling it for my new band name...if I ever have one...
Posted by ArtBasketSara on March 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM · Report this
So disappointing. And I thought North Korea was a paradise of gender equality.…
Posted by redemma on March 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 3
Wow. Now I'm going to have to rethink my opinion about the North Korean regime. The seemed so nice until this.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 4
Yeah, it's always shocking when totalitarians turn out to be such assholes.

Speaking of women and places where people starve: can we all pitch in and buy that poor girl in the Dream Girls SoDo ad a sandwich?
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on March 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 5
come on, China. how much more of this are you willing to take?
Posted by Max Solomon on March 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM · Report this
I think at some point someone had done an analysis of timing of the most extreme threats from the regime and noted that they were timed with the worst of the famines and such. Kind of like a trade program where they exchange terror for food aid. "we act up, you give us food to calm us down, we act up when we again cannot feed our people". Maybe that is not the case this go-round?
Posted by Chris Jury on March 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this

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