Déjà vu, déjà entendu [18]

[지금 SNS에선] 출산지도 (이영경, 경향신문, 1 January 2017)

‘저출산 극복’이 목적이라고 밝혔지만, 현실에서는 ‘성희롱’이 됐다. 포털 등에는 입에 담기 민망한 성폭력적 댓글이 달리고, 게임 ‘포켓몬고’에 빗대어 ‘빈자궁고’ ‘XX몬고’라고 부르는 말까지 생겼다.

Known unknowns

The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why. (Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, 15 April 2020; crossposted 16 December 2020)

Brain fog, phantom smells and tinnitus: my experience as a Covid ‘long hauler’ (Hannah Davis, The Guardian, 5 August 2020)

COVID-19 survivors are losing their hair — Here’s why (Joni Sweet, Healthline, 22 August 2020)

Teeth grinding, facial pain have increased due to stress from COVID-19 (Nancy Schimelpfening, Healthline, 24 November 2020)

Parosmia: ‘The smells and tastes we still miss, long after Covid’ (BBC, 6 February 2021)

Call for investigation of menstrual changes after Covid jabs (BBC, 16 September 2021)

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [14]

Criticism of South Korean MP’s red dress stirs sexism debate (The Guardian, 6 August 2020; and one year on)

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [12]

When is a sausage just a sausage? Controversial ads fuel S.Korea’s sexism debate (Reuters, 28 May 2021; see also 분노한 남자들, SisaIN Vol.467, 22 August 2016)

Young, male and anti-feminist – The Gen Z boys who hate women (Hannah Ewens, Vice, 28 May 2021)

Trust me, I’m a doctor. [2]

Yes, this post is about that WSJ op-ed. Since its publication about 30 hours ago, it has kept turning up in my Twitter timeline, like a bad penny. I must have seen it at least 100 times. I guess this tells me a lot about the skewed composition of my social media bubbles. Anyway, I enjoy self-deprecating jokes, and I even have a collection of ‘not-a-real-doctor’ routines, but this piece grates on me on many levels.

If Dr Biden and Professor Cato have to put up with this kind of 어그로, what chance do I have? And what about those 70+ female students in my class who have just embarked on their journey to become a Doctor of Philosophy?

I don’t think I have met a Joseph Epstein myself (yet), but I have noticed something along the way. Those who have told me that they are not precious about their titles are all men and those who have suggested that I should put mine explicitly in my email signature and PowerPoint slides are all women. A tiny sample obviously, but no exception so far. Once I have realised this pattern, I find myself thinking about it regularly.

L’enfer, c’est parmi nous. [3]

A colleague I admire has shared on Facebook her experience of being a recipient of corporal punishment in school in India. A lot of comments have followed, echoing the post. I haven’t chimed in myself, but I could have. After all, I am no stranger to the topic, having gone through the South Korean schooling system.

One thing, however, that seems to set my memories apart from what’s shared in the post and comments is collective punishment. Teachers set a task, where some are bound to fail, and if anyone does fail, the entire class gets punished, usually physically.

They might have thought they were raising collective-minded citizens, but in reality, they were simply programming kids to loathe the weakest link in the group. I regularly think about that giant psychological experiment we were subjected to, how the practice still prevails in schools and military bases, and how it has shaped Korean society as it is.

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [11]

“너, 고소할 거야” 이별 여성 협박도구로 악용되는 낙태죄 (이지훈 et al., 동아일보, 27 November 2017)

Emigrants called #HometoVote in abortion referendum (Ciara Kenny, The Irish Times, 8 February 2018)

Poland abortion: Protests against bill imposing new limits (BBC News, 26 March 2018)

낙태가 죄라면, 그 범인은 국가입니다 (한국여성민우회, OhmyNews, 17 August 2018)

‘공범’인 남성의 책임은 어디에도 없다… 낙태죄를 폐지하라 (이진송, 경향신문, 9 September 2020; see in conjunction with RT @allyjung It’s official: South Korea will abandon its 66-year-long ban on abortion as the Constitutional Court ruled today the criminal laws banning abortion unconstitutional, saying the laws “excessively infringe upon women’s rights to choose.” It means S.Korean MPs will have to revise the current criminal laws on abortion by December 2020, after which the laws will no longer be effective automatically. […] (11 April 2019).)

All abortion bans are about controlling women (Denise Maes, Colorado Politics, 2 October 2020)