Anonymous asked: This may be a bit old, but I was reading a post on the Grand Narrative about Hyuna’s Bubble Pop and his thoughts on it, and I was wondering what your opinion was on it and the whole sexy concept in general
Okay here’s my little rant about the Grand Narrative and why I am iffy about that blog. It’s written from the perspective of a white man.
I don’t know or think he does check his privilege as a male and as a WHITE male living abroad when he writes these articles.
I am reading his article on Hyuna and… I….what even?
The opening is this:
With enough T&A to fill an American Apparel catalogue, then yeah, I couldn’t agree more, and I’m not the only one that thinks the combination of red high heels, ripped jean shorts, and a singlet looks “kinda pornstar-ish” either.
What’s more, I think I speak for most heterosexual men when I say that many of these robotic “sexy moves”, mandatory foryoungwomen in K-pop and the Korean media, actuallydon’tdoitfor us at all.
What’s more, I think I speak for most heterosexual men when I say that many of these robotic “sexy moves”, mandatory for young women in K-pop and the Korean media, actually don’tdoit for us at all. Instead, they merely reduce:
…a concept as complicated, multilayered, and diverse as [female sexuality]…to expression through a single channel…one involving lacy lingerie, skintight clothing, and the rest of what Ariel Levycalls “the caricature of female hotness”…[this] has to be seen as construction or a fabrication, in which the complexities of the subject are flattened into a single, authoritative dimension, and in which all other possibilities are erased. (Meenakshi Durham, The Lolita Effect, p. 71)
Female sexuality isn’t a mysterious chasm of diverse puzzles. Patriarchy is what makes it so ‘complicated’ because of the gender binaries place on it.
I am not going to go on a whole thing about this because this sentence mark his grave:
I’m not the only one that thinks the combination of red high heels, ripped jean shorts, and a singlet looks “kinda pornstar-ish” either.
That is slut-shamey as fuck. What the fuck is it about short-shorts that make you think of a porn-star? What? He places these restrictions on what sexiness in a woman should be in order for her to be successful and taken seriously throughout this entire article.
Honestly. Fuck that article.
He goes on to break down the article LINE BY FUCKING LINE. And ends the article like this:
And hell, combine that with the pouting, the childishness, the strategic jiggling and strutting of one’s physical assets…then as I type this, I’m suddenly left with the feeling that the whole combined song and MV is an ode to “aegyo” (애교) and especially “princess disease” (공주병). No, not the narcissism that comes with the latter, but more the whining and bratty behavior (and aegyo) to get one’s way with one’s boyfriend.
I want to see an article breaking down and analyzing Bi’s “Rainism” and whether or not “Magic Stick” is a euphamism for his cock and how that plays into the KPOP market.
I think Hyuna’s bubble pop was sexy, hot fire and the only reason we are over analyzing the supposed “too sexy” concept (I mean Rain’s ENTIRE fifth album and its promotion involved shirtless-ness and hip thrusts yet that motherfucker is walking around like an Easy, Breezy, Bad Bitch and no one cares about the ‘overt’ sexual concept with him) is because she is a woman.
Sexism places boundaries on how a woman, especially an entertainer, can act and how she can express herself. The terms classless, slut, prude, whore are all pegged on women. But is a man is being sexy- that’s it. There’s nothing else to anaylze.
Fuck that. If he wants to write about gender he needs to check his male priviledge like yesterday.
Wow people were complaining about it being too slutty? I just hated it because Hyuna used to be a kind of mix of feminine and masculine. She had this sort of aggressive hotness that appealed to men and women, whereas Bubble Pop made it obvious that her intended audience was young men. It made me feel ignored as a fan, and like the core appeal of Hyuna was being purposefully stifled for a more culturally acceptable response.