Critical Kpop Podcast (The Lost Files) - Sexuality in Kpop

This time on the Critical Kpop Podcast, we're talking all about S-E-X and our "first times." That's right, sex and sexuality is everywhere in Kpop. But does it affect men and women equally? Join the discussion with 'L,' Zander Stachniak, and...Tim Moore? What is this, an alternate universe where Tim still exists? Not quite! We found this gem hidden away in our archives, and now is a perfect time to share! What are your thoughts about sexuality in Kpop? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. I just listened to this episode, and want to share a few thoughts.

    'L' mentioned that she didn't understand why SNSD has a vast female fan-base, and I'm not sure if she doesn't get the K-Pop fandom in general, or the psychology of why females would be fans of female groups.

    It's actually quite simple--many female fans idolize the female pop idols (which is why they are called "idols") and wish they can be like these beautiful and glamorous girls. Some wish they could have BFFs like the female idols, kind of like how many females in America wish that they can be BFFs with Jennifer Lawrence, or Emma Stone, or Anna Kendrick. Then there's also attraction too, since many females love to look at beautiful females, and even prefer that over looking at attractive men, and this is true even for a lot of straight women. Many of the women I dated were like that, and even my wife is like that (she's a beautiful woman herself). There's also the factor of actual sexual attraction too, since it's not just two possibilities of being straight or gay--there's a whole range in-between and many women do fantasize about other women.

    Another thing that I was surprise wasn't mentioned, was how much peacocking the boy groups do for their female fans (and I'm sure some male fans too). So it's not just the female pop acts that go out of their way to be sexy and cute--the male pop acts do their equivalent of it too, such as taking off their shirts to show off their six-packs, giving the bedroom eyes at the camera, and so on. It goes both ways and I think it's only fair to mention that.

    One more thing that I think should have been brought up but wasn't, was the cultural differences between Asia and the west in terms of how wide-spread feminism is. Asia is totally behind the west when it comes to feminism, and in fact, most east Asian cultures are built on Confucianism, which is very conservative when it comes to the roles of men and women. With that kind of upbringing, what do you expect from their pop culture? The truth is, many women in Asia like it that way and are scandalized by what they often perceive as militant western feminism that takes away all the fun and benefits of being female. For every female in Asia who craves western styled feminism, there are at least one or more other females that oppose it and don't want it in their society.

    I've commented more in-depth about feminism in Asia in the comment section of your article on feminism here:


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