My Mad Fat Diary 2

Stupid, selfish Rae. But I must be even more stupid than her since I envy her for being loved by people. It’s good to know that others also have problems like I do including those who look really perfect and of no worries. Faced by myself 10 or 20 years younger than me, would I be able to say she’s perfect? I strongly doubt that. I don’t know what I should do to get to love myself. Also enjoyed those Cockney accents.

Now I’m quite mad because of someone’s lack of responsibility.

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My Mad Fat Diary 2

The Evil of Silence

 

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The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.

– Hannah Arendt

Watching recent news, I ruminate upon Arendt’s maxim. Those who have cooperated with Choi Soonsil and Park Geunhye are being arrested and investigated. Most of the MPs of Saenuri Party who must have known what kind of person Park is are also to be blamed and their silence will cost them dear.

At the same time, we should avoid raising our voice against the issues that we do not have much knowledge about. This is the lesson I gained by observing BSE and authorization of TV channels, and also by having raised my own voice for feminism and refuted.

To keep this in mind and not to be the one who executes the most evil, we should learn and think.

The Evil of Silence

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I’ve just got my snulife account suspended. It might sound nothing significant to most other people, but I’m pretty sure those who know me well would be astonished at this news, because I’ve been into this community since 6 years before. In early days, I was allured by the users’ seemingly insightful discourses. As the years went by, however, I found this website not only time-consuming, but emotionally exhausting. They constantly look for other people to criticize for any reason, they routinely rank people by materialistic standards such as appearance or money they make, and ignore those who fall short of these standards. After 6 years, I have become one of those people. I’m not avoiding from the probable criticism that I am otherizing the users, because I know it was me who willed to spend my time on reading the trash. Today, people were fighting over their all-time favorite issues like whether becoming a medical doctor is the best career in life, and why paying for kiss/sex should be blamed. Sometimes, they are issues worth discussing, but on snulife, it’s mostly hard to achieve fruitful outcome after the rough and tumble. After hesitating for half an hour, I finally pressed the button!

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Gender Equality in Korea (Maternity Leave And Parental Leave)

Last night, my dad declared that Korea had almost reached the level of complete gender equality. Although he used those two words ‘almost’ and ‘complete’, I was surprised and disappointed to witness his myopic opinion on gender equality issue.

Well, statistics show that he is wrong.

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According to Seonham Kim (and International Labour Organization), the percentage of working women in their 30s of Korea is 20% lower than that of men. It is also a 20% lower figure than  that of countries like Germany, France, UK, and it’s even lower than that of Japan where women’s rights lag far behind considering its economic status in international society.

This phenomenon can be attributed to low utilization of maternity leave and childcare leave. Korean law has extended maternity leave from 60 days to 90 days, which can be rated as a high level of social security, but in reality, it is extremely hard to actually take a maternity/childcare leave from work in Korea. (Especially if you are working in the private sector, it would be naive of you to expect that you would be able to keep building your career after taking a maternal/childcare leave.)

This leads to a huge vicious cycle. Lower institutional insurance for working women makes a lot of Korean women choose quitting their jobs, makes companies hesitate to employ women, and it causes some Korean men’s antipathy against Korean women (because they think that too many Korean women choose living on their husbands money).

 

If you want to learn more about Korean law regarding this issue, please refer to the link below.

Maternity Leave in Korean Law

Gender Equality in Korea (Maternity Leave And Parental Leave)