Anyways, I said what I said.
Let’s even condone their hate speech and victim-insulting (not even blaming but almost psychotic bullying of the victim just because it was male) although this convenient attitude allows radfems like Womads to run amok. So what were they claiming or demanding? Everywhere I looked, the following was the main accusation.
The police don’t care about female victims but they worked so fast only because it was a male victim!
That’s eye-catching. That’s outrageous. Except that it is a completely unsubstantiated claim. The Hongdae case was fairly easy to solve because the suspect was obviously one of the attendees in the class. It still took 12 days to catch her. There were many other cases where the male perpetrator was caught much faster. If anything, there are academic papers that show Korean men tend to be punished more harshly than Korean women for similar crimes. I haven’t seen any paper or article that claims otherwise. They can take a seat regarding this ‘partiality’ accusation. This is not the first time they pulled this. Are you aware of the Gangnam / Hannam Patch incident from a couple of years ago?
2 arrested for falsely outing sex workers on Instagram
Initially, Korean feminists were asking the police to catch the misogynistic perpetrators as fast as possible and the police did so. And….both criminals turned out to be female. Immediately, those feminists pulled a 180 on the issue and accused the police of ‘working too fast’ only because they knew the suspects were female. Of course, this is completely ridiculous nonsense paranoia by any standards but you know what? They even proudly staged a protest in real life because of that. I know it’s hard to believe. The police caught the misogynistic criminals too fast just because they were female! Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. They care the least about actual female victims who are merely tools for their agenda. All they care about is latching onto the cases where the victim is female and the criminal is male. Then they can conjure up some wild claims more easily. At that time, at least, there were very few protesters. I mean, it’s too stupid, right? We could just laugh and ignore them. With the spycam issue, however, they were able to instigate and mobilize a lot more people on their side. At least it’s for a much more legitimate issue, isn’t it?
The radfems always seek to strengthen their victim narrative as much as possible because that is at the core of their perpetual excuse for despicable behavior. You need to take their claims with a huge grain of salt even when they are seemingly based on something. You need to do your own research. For sure, there ARE spycam crimes. The number of offences was increasing along with the new technologies each year although it dropped in 2016.
I already linked a mainstream news article about how they couldn’t find a single spycam from 65,000 public places where women have to undress themselves in Seoul in 2016. When people hear spycam crimes, they tend to picture some artfully hidden cameras filming naked victims. The reality is that the majority of spycam offences happen in open public spaces, notably in the subway. Even if some guy thought a passerby girl was pretty and took a full-clothed picture of her without her consent, he can still be charged with a spycam offence under the special sex crime law if the particular content of the image is deemed to cause ‘sexual humiliation’. Of course, this leads to a lot of inconsistency and ambiguity in many cases. These cases aren’t even illegal in the US, UK or maybe the majority of the world. Where else do you think taking these pictures (marked with '유죄') on the street would be considered illegal?
No matter how minor your offence is, once you are convicted with a spycam crime, your personal information becomes available in public and you are banned from working for certain places for 10 years. Some things are pretty strict in Korea.
Under the current law, using a spycam without consent or distributing spycam images is subject to imprisonment for up to 5 years or a fine of up to 10 million won. If you distribute them on a public network for profits, you can be imprisoned for up to 7 years or fined up to 30 million won. This is to be strengthened so that distributors always go to jail. The Korean government announced their comprehensive digital sex crime measures last Fall. I think online distribution is the most hideous and humiliating aspect of the crime. Unfortunately, it becomes very difficult to handle when the distribution happens on the websites based on foreign servers outside Korean jurisdiction. For example, Tumblr refused to aid Korean authorities’ investigation before. The victims will be devastated but honestly, I don't know what can be effectively done.
So exactly what do those protesters want? As far as I’ve seen, they didn’t even say anything legal in concrete terms in their statements. Nothing coherent or nod-inducing. They surely were into vulgar signs, slogans and chants.
Some I-nets may never get it. We aren’t talking about Han Seo Hee level of rather benign hypocritical ‘feminists’. We are talking about completely nutty people who are using the feminism excuse for their uncontrolled behavior. Generally unpleasant people you wouldn't want to breathe the same air with. Until these I-nets experience them first-hand on a regular basis, they just won’t get it, and will continue to brush them off. It looks like sometimes they just project their own country’s state of feminism onto the Korean situation. The current state of mainstream Korean feminism is too much riddled with lack of rationality and integrity. Their masterminds instruct this or that and every pawn goes waaaaah...
Keep talking about condoning shitty/illegal behaviour to derail the point of this march if you need to. That can be dealt with. What also needs to be dealt with? Molka. More deeply? Gender inequalities. Which seems to be a super hard concept for some men to wrap their heads around, but such is life.