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“Free Corset” Movement Gathers Steam


The members of “Fire Femi Action” carrying out a shirtless protest at Facebook Korea’s headquarters in Seoul on June 2, 2018. (image: Yonhap)

The members of “Fire Femi Action” carrying out a shirtless protest at Facebook Korea’s headquarters in Seoul on June 2, 2018. (image: Yonhap)

SEOUL, Jun. 12 (Korea Bizwire)A feminist movement to “remove the corset” by going against practices that activists say were forced upon women is becoming a larger social issue in the nation.

Removing the corset, for these women, means not having to apply makeup, not having to wear a bra, and not having to remove unwanted hair, among others.

Recently, photos and texts that illustrate attempts at “removing the corset” have become very visible online on various social media websites.

The movement has grown as more women have been influenced by these initial postings.

One such post asks why women must habitually apply makeup when leaving the house, even though it is not asked of them.

Women who agree with such sentiments have started to apply less makeup. And others, on certain days, go completely without.

However, critics of this movement say the bottom line should be about the individual choices that women be given the liberty to make.

By criticizing those who enjoy wearing makeup as individuals who are freely ‘wearing a corset’ implies that women are being subject to yet another type of corset.

In an online community website for teenagers, many online users have complained about the new movement, commenting that they “like wearing skirts and putting on makeup.”

Experts say that the core spirit of the “free corset” movement is not to have all women remove makeup and wear trousers. Rather, the movement is about how different types of women can exist in society.

Professor Yoon Kim Ji-young of Konkuk University in Seoul says that the movement is about asking why Korean women are made to look pretty according to a single standard.

Thus, the movement is all about featuring varied images of women, regardless of weight, height and skin color.

Professor Yoon Kim says that people have been taught women must have a certain facial shape and fair skin with a thin figure, an image perpetuated by the media.

“People should realize that an image of a certain type of woman has been forced upon us,” said Kim.

Ashley Song (ashley@koreabizwire.com)

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