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Asian and Near Eastern Languages



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First Faculty Advisor

Jonathan Jarvis

First Faculty Reader

Derek Driggs

Honors Coordinator

Stephen Ricks


Feminism, Anti-Feminism, South Korea, Comparative


Since the time of Confucianism and the development of patriarchal systems in South Korea, there have been distinct differences between male and female experiences and roles in various aspects of Korean life. The gendered history of South Korea has led to a gap between the two genders that persists today in important areas of Korean society, such as education and social life. As both genders struggle for equality and representation, both sides argue that they are being discriminated against. This struggle has led to two major groups being formed in South Korea (hereafter Korea): feminists and anti-feminists. The following review and analysis of the literature examines how feminist and anti-feminist groups have formed in Korea. Through the analysis of past and current movements, I examine how the feminist and anti-feminist groups have come to be and how they have evolved to the present day. By analyzing and filtering trends and patterns within these two movements I examine possible forthcoming trends for those movements as well as whether or not Korea’s gender movements will follow the same path to greater gender equality that has occurred in the United States.