It's not news that K-pop is an international sensation that has taken over the world; BTS has millions of fans all over the world, whose albums sold 3 million copies even before it was released. However, like everything in the world, not everyone is thrilled with the rise of K-pop and are calling this culture "sick", "decadent" and "sissy-pants."
Are effeminate men a threat to the world?
According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), these Korean pop stars aren't healthy for the people of China, especially young people, and this fear isn't just fuelled by the media it is also growing among the everyman like this local schoolteacher. Tang, the founder of the Real Man Training Club wants to turn teenage boys in to "alpha males" through athletic activities and macho indoctrination because "If you are promoting these effeminate figures, it’s a calamity for our country," he says. With outdoor exercises and headbands that say "real man", "power leader", Tang believes that such activities will help young men connect with their inherent masculinity. One mother who sent her son to this camp said, " think it’s a good opportunity for him to gradually cultivate a macho character. If you are a male, you are supposed to have those male traits. I don’t think the entertainment industry has shown good role models for society because of the celebrities … exhibit a more feminine side of men. That’s the problem."
Masculinity cannot be defined in black and white terms
Interestingly, K-pop stars arent the only ones to have been targeted by "the guardians of masculinity", icons like Elvis Presley and more were targeted by those who believed that he led young people astray towards immorality juvenile delinquency. The truth is that masculinity cannot be defined in black and white terms and those who are are definitely them as such have always resorted to traditional macho behavior where young men are expected to follow traditional gender norms. Whether it's forbidding men from crying, wearing makeup, or "effeminate colors" or any "feminine" traits, they have always slammed for it. While K-pop might not be every man's cup of tea, it's definitely resonating with many young men and there's nothing wrong with that. However, seeing "being effeminate" as a disease that must be cured is a definite cause for concern.
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