Thai people or at least the people that I am surrounded by care very much about how they present themselves in public. Often I will hear stories about girls who put in so much effort in perfecting the pictures they post on Instagram in ways I would never have imagined. Yesterday I was talking to my friend when she told me how her friend caught another of their friend photoshopping her picture by cutting out her lips from another picture and paste it over her lips on the photo she just posted (because she preferred the lip shape she had on that other one over this one). The society also thinks that it is okay to greet one another by commenting about each others weight. Instead of asking about things you have been up to, the sentence that comes after “hello” is “have you gained/lost weight?” I feel like even though it is already bad in Thailand, Korea is on a new, even worse level. Although people go very far to make themselves look great, altering the body has never been encouraged by the media in the same way that it is going on in Korea.
Cho Joo-Hyun engages concepts such as bipower and control to analyse women’s management of their bodies after the financial crisis in South Korea in 1997. Cho seems to suggest that thethe neoliberal system caused an increased interest in the body, inclusing diet, physical control, pastic surgery as well as body care in general. She conceptualizes the adoption of gender practices by women over their own bodies as “technologies of the self”. In “The Politics of the body in Contempory Korea Kim Eun-Shil wrote “the “fit” body have all become part of the everyday lives of Koreans through diverse media”. Even now I cannot understand why the lyrics to some Korean k-pop songs are even the way they are but I think it sums up this week’s reading, helping us to understand the extent Koreans openly obsess over their appearance and how the society as a whole is very beauty oriented.
1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXXrOhdOCJU …. Im wearing a mini skirt for you
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WiPDNlWs7Y…I’m going to cut my hair off so you notice me
3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr_Ad4acSwA … I need to change in order to be loved
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv3TjfZiIu4 …this is about a girl who loses weight and goes through plastic surgery in order to become successful star