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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 30th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

“Ladygate” Incidents Popular On Korean Internet

I am willing to bet that the majority of hard core Internet users in Korea are male and thus why these so called “Ladygate” receive more attention than similar videos involving males:

An annual report by the World Economic Forum on gender equality lowered South Korea’s ranking by a notch for this year, placing it 108th out of 135 countries. Gender bias is often blamed on Korea’s history of Confucianism for lowering the social position of women, and these days, perhaps nowhere else is the bias more prominent that on the country’s Internet.

A series of so-called “Ladygate” incidents that frequently emerge in the local news cycle have been shared and voted upon by netizens, making them highly-ranked articles on popular search engine sites. Netizens also frequently register impulsive and reactionary comments that they probably would have kept to themselves if not for the anonymity of cyberspace.

A Ladygate incident generally involves a Korean woman behaving in a manner deemed socially unacceptable, and being covertly filmed with a smartphone camera. The video is then uploaded and shared on one of the major Korean online portals.

In some cases, criticism of the female subject is less disputed. One video, depicting “Heel Girl” shows one young woman attacking another, using the bottom of her high-heeled shoes as a blunt weapon. Another video, “Cup Noodle Girl,” merely shows a young teenager eating a cup of instant noodles on the Seoul subway — illegal, but harmless to others.  [Yonhap]

You can read a whole lot more about the various Ladygate incidents at the link.

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  • Baek In-je
    8:21 pm on November 30th, 2012 1

    If you film every instance of a Korean behaving badly in Seoul, You literally would not have time to do anything else.

  • Tom
    9:29 pm on November 30th, 2012 2

    #1, Koreans are well behaved, compared to you violent animals in America.

  • Setnaffa
    9:40 pm on November 30th, 2012 3

    Except for the norks who shoot middle-aged women for walking on the beach, etc…

    As to why it’s “Ladygate”, well, we know it’s a misogynistic culture and there is some indication that that isn’t changing at all.

    But Tom still can’t get a date in Canaduh or Texas…

  • johnhenry
    10:35 pm on November 30th, 2012 4

    Wait a minute. Is that dude in the picutre jabbing the woman’s cup with his umbrella? If so, I hope she poured the entire contents of the cup on that jerk.

  • Liz
    5:34 am on December 1st, 2012 5

    #4, it was a cigarette. He jabbed the umbrella repeatedly at her face and told her to stop smoking (I just looked it up).

  • Joshi Joe
    7:19 am on December 1st, 2012 6

    And she was drinking a beer…

    “ㅎㅎㅎ 그미친년…ㅎㅎㅎ…뭐야?”

    Man, she is gangster…

  • Eddie Cantor
    4:18 pm on December 1st, 2012 7

    A few incidents that involved relatively few people do not mean a whole helluva lot, to put it bluntly. Definitely not enough to write an article involving “experts” claiming that the Korean culture is anti-woman just because of a couple of viral videos that took place over the course of a few years.

  • Teadrinker
    4:29 pm on December 1st, 2012 8


    So, you’re going to deny that certain facets of Korean culture is misogynistic?

  • Setnaffa
    4:48 pm on December 1st, 2012 9

    “Eddie Cantor” probably denies the Saudis are misogynists… :mrgreen:

  • John
    5:19 am on December 2nd, 2012 10

    Is it really illegal to eat noodles on the subway? Who knew?

  • Joshi Joe
    6:22 am on December 2nd, 2012 11

    I don’t think misogynism is directly associated with the number of “crazy bitches” out there in the world.

    Who smokes inside a subway train and drinks beer at the same time while talking to herself and only herself?

  • Tom
    7:13 am on December 2nd, 2012 12

    They do that in NYC, Chicago, LA. Not only that, it’s common and acceptable to urinate in the trains. Just look at the public transports full of graffitti’s, and all the terrible muggings going on to know what I’m talking about.

  • Eddie Cantor
    7:54 am on December 2nd, 2012 13

    8- No, I’m just saying that there are better examples to prove that point than these videos. The fact that a couple of viral videos got a lot of attention doesn’t prove anything. There are viral videos on youtube featuring subway brawls from every city and country in the world.

  • johnhenry
    9:14 am on December 2nd, 2012 14

    #5: Of course, she shouldn’t've been smoking. That in no way excuses the jackass for stabbing (at) her with his umbrella.

    #10: Every subway car I’ve been on in Korea has those nifty little advisory stickers telling the riders what’s not permitted. There are the usual “no smoking” signs along with “no drinks” and “no eating” signs. The funniest one was the “no bombs” which, I’m guessing, is really supposed to be “no explosive items” such as those gas canisters for gas grills.

  • Glans
    9:40 am on December 2nd, 2012 15

    When I was young and foolish I ate on the subway. After I grew up, I saw that eating on the subway made it messy, so I stopped doing it.

  • Teadrinker
    7:34 pm on December 2nd, 2012 16


    You’ve never taken the subway from Chuncheon.

  • Teadrinker
    7:35 pm on December 2nd, 2012 17


    All of these videos are about women behaving badly. Are you going to ignore that, too?

  • SmokingFreedomGuy
    7:39 pm on December 2nd, 2012 18

    The drunk woman in the video was wrong for lighting up inside the car, the smelly old guy was wrong for his antics with the umbrella and for striking her. Fine her for the smoking and the mess she made with the beer, arrest him for assault, revise the smoking restrictions to allow for areas at either end up the platform and everyone moves on with their lives.

  • Joshi Joe
    8:12 pm on December 2nd, 2012 19

    In response to #16: On what? Smoking, drinking, and talking to herself inside the subway car?

    …and for some reason, I believe you…

  • Eddie Cantor
    6:54 am on December 3rd, 2012 20

    17- Over the past few years there have been viral videos in Korea about men behaving badly, too. Maybe you missed the men in the “See these rocks” or “I didn’t fight in Iraq for this” videos.
    Seriously, what is your point? That 4-5 out of all of the viral videos over the past fews years in Korea feature women behaving badly so that means something in scientific terms?

  • jiies62952sfe
    12:23 pm on December 3rd, 2012 21

    load of nonsense tbh


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