Well, you see, in Korea real men like pink. They wear it and they accessorize it. Many of Oliver's male students (who are between the ages of 6 and 13) have pink phones, so he thought he would join the crowd with a baby pink phone. We are still waiting to see if he will be laughed at or marvelled at.
On the topic of real men. Masculinity in South Korea is very different to masculinity in South Africa. Men here look more feminine and stylish, they are the epitome of meterosexual. Let's go through some of the do's and don'ts of men.
- Do feel free to carry your girlfriend's handbag (or your own) even sling it over your shoulder if that feels comfortable.
- Do stop, stare and preen yourself in anything reflective. This includes mirrors, shop windows, your phone or a telephone booth.
- Do wear couple outfits or shoes. That is shoes, T-shirts, or everything from head-to-toe so that you match your girlfriend.
- Do sing. A real man can sing in Korea.
- Do not drink flavoured Soju, that is reserved strictly for women.
This understanding of masculinity is different to what we are used to back home. But don't be fooled, most men in Korea are trained in a martial arts of sorts...if you mock their bag, or couple outfit it may be you who leaves the room with your tail between the legs.
Hope this provides a glimpse of a cultural trait which is so different to the western ideas of masculnity....
As we learn more about Korean people and their cultural practices (both modern and traditional) we will keep you in the loop
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