&#91LETTERS TO THE EDITOR&#93Is Korea really a patriarchy or matriarchy?

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&#91LETTERS TO THE EDITOR&#93Is Korea really a patriarchy or matriarchy?

I see some of your staff (usually female) have taken to calling South Korea a patriarchy. The latest example is in an article about an event sponsored by one of South Korea’s women-only universities, whereby women are encouraged to write messages about their sexuality on tampons which are then displayed publicly as acts of “empowerment.”
What a great shame that those who are so privileged as to have universities for their gender only have not heard the likes of my male Korean mates talking.
Like the one who tells me he’s envious of Korean women having their educational privilege as he would love to get a university degree and a position of status so that he can be attractive enough to Korean women to marry and have kids. But he doesn’t have such a placement in a university like his Korean women friends.
Somehow, I don’t think he believes South Korea is a patriarchy.
In fact he could be forgiven for thinking that in some very meaningful ways he is actually living in a matriarchy.

by Stephen Gee
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