Miniskirt Ban under S. Korea’s New Regime?
March 22, 2013
Korea’s actresses and pop stars like Suzy (pictured above) may be in trouble. Effective today, South Korea has a new “overexposure” law, which provides that anyone the police deem to be showing too much skin can be fined 50,000 won (about $45 US).
The police say that this statute is actually an indecent exposure law, aimed at people who go out in public completely nude, rather than a miniskirt ban. Their claim hasn’t calmed the public outcry, though.
Newly elected President Park Geun-hye and her Cabinet approved this measure during their first meeting. The wary public reaction may be reasonable – after all, the current president’s father, Park Chung-hee, did ban skirts that ended 20 centimeters or more above the knee when he ruled the country in the 1970s.
- No more miniskirts in Seoul? (edition.cnn.com)
- Miniskirts to be ‘banned’ in South Korea as ‘overexposure law’ comes into effect (thisismoney.co.uk)
- How low/high can you go? (myseoultobe.wordpress.com)
- Korean Gender Reader, March 16-22 (thegrandnarrative.com)
- Drills begin amid Korea tensions (bbc.co.uk)