3:00 pm - 03/21/2013

Is Korea’s Ban on Miniskirts the End of Kpop?


A controversial new law on “overexposure” has been passed during the first cabinet meeting of the recently elected South Korean President Park Geun Hye. The law goes into effect on March 22 and imposes a 50,000 KRW (US$45) fine on those found guilty of “excessive” public exposure.

The decree states that individuals can be fined for nudity or indecent exposure. “If their indecent exposure provokes shameful feelings and discomfort to others, they can be fined 50,000 won,” said police in a statement. However, there has not been any further official elaboration on the subject, eliciting confusion from citizens.

Many have raised concerns that the new law hearkens back to similar restrictions imposed by Park Chung Hee (President Park’s late father) in the 1970s, which outlawed skirts ending 20 centimeters above the knee.

The internet has been abuzz with commotion, with many celebrities taking to social media to voice their dismay. “Is the overexposure fine for real? I’m so dead,” tweeted Lee Hyori, to which actress Park Jin Hee responded incredulously, “A fine?? Really?????!!!!! @_@;;;;”

Other netizens have wondered if they could still wear swimwear, and still others wonder if police will begin to carry rulers.

Our question is…what will happen to K-pop? Idol groups like SNSD, Dal Shabet, and T-ARA are notorious for their sexy get-ups. Could this be the end of an entire industry?!

What do you think? Has K-pop been going overboard with the outfits lately? And will the new decree be helpful or harmful?


Sounds very sensationalist to me. Anyone in Korea care to provide more info?

"This amendment is for cases like public nudity and public indecency," Inspector Ko Jun-ho of the National Police Agency told CNN."

"it's not about women though. dramafever & even cnn just played it up. One, this law has been in affect since forever, park geunhye is lowering tthe fine. and two, the law is about people who flash or are involved in public nudity, not women and their clothes."

Thank you gyuri for your  corrections!
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fantaesticbaby 21st-Mar-2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
i think this is ridiculous.

“If their indecent exposure provokes shameful feelings and discomfort to others" right because this will be so easy to measure in court.

How come there's no ban on men taking off their shirts? Is that not excessive exposure? Why are they only targeting women?
charlotterhys 21st-Mar-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
It is considered extremely inappropriate for a man to take his shirt of/be seen shirtless in public. So I'm guessed the fine covers that, too.
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cagallisakura 21st-Mar-2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
this is so fucking stupid wtf wtf korea why you hate your women so much, i love your women, give them to me if you don't want them then

though actually this doesn't bother me that that much because the boys remains my favourite outfit era for the fact that snsd can effortlessly pull off smoking hot without all the skin exposure, not that i mind skin exposure
gray_fairy 21st-Mar-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
The decree states that individuals can be fined for nudity or indecent exposure

"individuals", not only women. That'd have been terribly sexist and shitty. Still a stupid and retrograde law.
bob_dabuilda 21st-Mar-2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
It's a shame the first female president of Korea would be so conservative and pass such laws that, lets be honest here, mostly target women. I've always said a woman's greatest enemy is another woman.
921227 21st-Mar-2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'd say a woman's greatest enemy is the sexist, patriarchal society that doles out unfair double standards and competition among women, but hey, that's just me....
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cagallisakura 21st-Mar-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
can i just say this remains my favourite thing that allkpop has ever done BECAUSE IT IS SO FUCKING TRUE
umbrella_smile 21st-Mar-2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
Did all kpop get more female writers because they used to be misogynistic as fuck
atelierlune 21st-Mar-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
What will banning miniskirts solve? Will it stop men from raping women? Will it prevent kids from having sex too soon? Reciepts Citations please!
rezzypenguin 21st-Mar-2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
MTE! This law is just ridiculous to be honest...
hisjulliet 21st-Mar-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Everything about this godforsaken law screams sexism and douchebaggary. Truly disgusting.
gyuri 21st-Mar-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
it's not about women though. dramafever & even cnn just played it up. One, this law has been in affect since forever, park geunhye is lowering tthe fine. and two, the law is about people who flash or are involved in public nudity, not women and their clothes.
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umbrella_smile 21st-Mar-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
"at long as it looks classy and not cheap and trashy"

Was waiting for the classy/trashy bullshit to start.
plantbottle 21st-Mar-2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Ugh, how vile. If wearing a miniskirt provokes shameful feelings, then what about a shirtless guy? Ugh ugh ugh ugh.
farlax 5th-Apr-2013 12:45 am (UTC)
another goddamn bullshit.dont gals take off their shirts to reveal their bra?dont they do so more often than guys?dont guys not reveal up to their butt,but gals keep doing so?u do the math,genius-who-urgghs-at-nothing
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farlax 4th-Apr-2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
why are men not allowed to wear short shorts on most occassions and premises,including at work?wana fine those bosses and club owners,even govermnet enforcers for prejudicing our version of exposure?or should we fine douchebags like u who stereotype men as a sorry excuse to denounce the ban?
i see reports from women on men who "expose too much in public" or "being flashers".why dont u "fine those moforic women who cant curb their naughty thoughts or deal with a little skin for being pervs,and hence have to report such men in order to cover their own weaknesses"?what a fucking moronic mentality u have
the_erotomanic 21st-Mar-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)

lyrics here
uledy 21st-Mar-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Those lyrics are giving me an aneurysm.
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921227 21st-Mar-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
I can see why politicians would want to make a law like this because, ngl, even as someone with an open mind about bodies, some groups seriously go a little too far in their stage outfits. And considering most music shows are generally rated for entire families, I know I would be a little embarrassed by some of the skin exposure idols have shown during stages (leeteuk's shirtless bonamana days forever haunt me) but I find the wording very vague and problematic “If their indecent exposure provokes shameful feelings and discomfort to others, if you're going to make a crappy law, at least put effort into it. And really, Korean lawmakers don't have more pressing matters to attend to? I think this sort of thing is best left to the individual music stations.

iznanassi 21st-Mar-2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
When I read this I was actually thinking about Teuk's shirtless Bonamana days, and Joon during Y when he'd rip open his jacket. It's actually pretty awkward and I imagine slightly uncomfortable for them too, why not make rules about that?

But it's not like they ACTUALLY care about exposure, all about controlling the woman = =
umbrella_smile 21st-Mar-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Alright the two sexist comments are already pissing me off, I'm out.
lysblack 21st-Mar-2013 08:56 pm (UTC)

i love how our society as a whole is always pointing fingers at the women for wearing this or behaving like that, but have no desire to educate the men.
umbrella_smile 21st-Mar-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
muzegrey 21st-Mar-2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, but let's celebrate because a woman is in office.


craver199103 21st-Mar-2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
I will eagerly anticipate the arguments about slut shaming that inevitable stem from every post when it comes to what women can wear.
farlax 4th-Apr-2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
what about male-shaming as u can see in the link above?why is it when boys are called gay or even fags when they wear short shorts,nobody comes up to their defense?where are people like u who claim u stand up for "freedom"?
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