Sexism in Kpop & HyunA’s “Red”

I’ve been a kpop fan for a few years now and one thing I’ve noticed is the overwhelming amount of sexism. As you may or may not, HyunA’s “Red” was released recently. If you know HyunA, you know that she’s one hell of a sexy artist. She’s not modest either. Her lyrics display overflowing confidence.

 

TLDR at the bottom

I’m not sure how it works for SK, but the international (referring to mostly US and UK) fandom has a very serious issue with “slutty concepts”. They consider groups like 4minute, Sistar, Girl’s Day, Miss A, and Rainbow to be “slutty groups”. They rant on and on about how these groups are cheap and have no actual talent. That these groups are only popular because “sex sells”. I think this is utterly hilarious because the exact same people will gush over a shirtless Jaejoong or Taeyang and ramble on and on about how sexy EXO’s hip thrusting in My Lady. The double standards are ludicrous. The message that a male idol can get shirtless, rub himself down in baby oil, and dry hump the air is completely okay, but if a female idol were to where a crop top with shorts and shake her butt she’s a slut? The worst part is that all of this hate seems to be emanating from the female population. This is limiting what makes someone sexually “disgraceful” by gender.

This is blatant misogyny. What I can’t quite wrap my head around is the fact that women are sexualized all the time. It’s not strange for a woman to get catcalled or openly stared at. If we are wearing short shorts and a crop top we are “provoking” rape. But when a man walks around shirtless it is normal and no one bats an eye. When a woman rejects a man she’s a bitch, but when a man rejects a woman it’s life and we have to get over it.

This might seem like I’m overreacting, like these things have no connection. However, I feel they do. They all tie into this big thing that limits women based on their sexuality. For a woman watching a video with sexualized women in it is natural, but for men watching a video with sexualized men it makes them uncomfortable.

In kpop it doesn’t really stop at sexiness. Female groups and artists are constantly belittled for only doing cute or sexy concepts. But if you think about are male groups any different? The weirdest part about it is, that even if a female group does use a different style the response isn’t quite good. I remember when T-ara had their songs that had full on back stories that were very intriguing. Fans thought they were “too long” and “a waste of time”. I just don’t get it. To me it seems like fans are just hating on them because they’re female groups.

Then there are fans who “only listen to 2NE1” because they are the “only” girl group with a hip hop style. Honestly I can’t take you seriously if you say something like that. If you actually looked for hip hop style girl groups you would find that there are many different groups. For example, there’s.

So as a kpop fan, don’t limit yourself. If you ever find that something is “too sexy” or “whorish” ask yourself exactly why you think that, and why females are not allowed to express themselves sexually.

To be quite honest, the only male hate I’ve seen in kpop was when A Guys by N.O.M. came out. And to me, it seemed like the main reason for that was the fact that a girl wasn’t attracted to it. The only legitimate reason i found was that it was a misrepresentation of the male homosexual community, but I quickly shot down that comment because the person was saying this on the fact that they were acting like whores and strippers.

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The funny thing about it is, some fabs are saying it in a hurtful way, but others are saying it in a whatever way (either way isn’t acceptable though). And I think this should show the clear male bias because most of the comments a veered towards the “this is weird, but sexy” side.

 

TLDR;

No one should be judged for expressing their sexuality and self-confidence. Be it male or female. However, it’s sad to see the ridiculous amount of misogyny and sexism in the kpop fandom. The next time you feel like something is whorish you should ask yourself why or maybe even why that’s such a terrible thing. And next time you find something wrong with Female President by Girl’s Day and not Trantallegra by XIAH Junsu, you should reevaluate your standing pints.

 

On another note, nothing is wrong with the sexiness in “Red”, but can we talk about the CULTURAL APPROPRIATION?!?!

Anyway, here’s A Guys by N.O.M. if you were wondering.

And here’s something I think a lot of people might have a problem with.

 

I didn’t proofread tbh

Just keep swimming until next time.

~Ducky V

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One thought on “Sexism in Kpop & HyunA’s “Red”

  1. Thank you so much for talking about this!!!

    It’s been very disheartening to see the negative responses that girl groups get when embracing their natural sexuality. It seems that lately almost all the girl groups debuting are part of the strictly “cute” concept– which is fine to be– but seems to be the result of limiting gender standards in the kpop community–which is not so fine.

    And I’m so glad someone mentioned it! Kudos!

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