Just saw this great Ted Talk which got me thinking about feminism and k-dramas. On the surface, it would appear that the patriarchy wins in the k-drama world. There’s a lot of wrist grabbing, female submissiveness, and the perpetual quest for a husband. However, nearly every k-drama series passes the Bechdel Test:
1. Are there at least two female characters?
2. Do the female characters talk to each other?
3. Do the female characters talk to each other about something other then men? It could be about shopping, make-up, or getting pregnant – as long as it’s not about a man (father, son, boyfriend, etc).
Female characters are capable of having deep conversations about the world, interpersonal observations, career aspirations – these are a few topics that I’m always talking about. Sure, boys are a fun topic but it’s not what women are concerned about ALL THE TIME. Hollywood movies take hint!