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Gender-Based Conflicts:Misogyny and Misandry

Recently, an innocent woman was killed at the heart of the Gangnam Subway Station district. The murderer stated that he has been ignored by women, and the murder was motivated simply because the victim was a female. Many people define this case as an actual emergence of a deep-rooted hatred for the opposite gender, which is a hot topic in today’s Korean society. The Sungkyun Times (SKT) will look for the reason why hatred for the opposite gender is growing as a big controversy in Korea, and will also explore the appearance of hatred in various aspects of our society. The article will conclude with an examination of potential solutions to this phenomenon.

Why Is Hatred for the Opposite Gender Becoming Apparent in Korea?

voakorea.com/The Memorial Site at Gangnam Subway Station

Gender-based hatred or discrimination has been a serious issue for a long time. According to a report from the United Nations, Korea has long-preferred males over females, and thus, females were considered inferior. The problem, however, was not visible in society because the awareness of gender equality was not regarded as significant. As time passed, more and more people have become aware that gender equality is an integral issue, deemed as a natural prerequisite for society to mature.

Although Korea is a member of the OECD countries, the gender equality index of Korea ranked 115th out of 145 countries, and this is much worse than economic progress. Moreover, in Korea, hatred of the opposite gender is more prevalent than ever. Gender-based hatred in Korea is intertwined with many different rationales.

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