Working While Female Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Miss the first three posts in this 16 Days series? Start right here.

A friend of mine once told me how a stranger sexually harassed her at work. She was a pharmacist at a drug store like CVS or Walgreens; the perpetrator was a customer, who even lurked outside the store until she was done with her shift. When she came outside, he accosted her and made her feel truly threatened. It was definitely a traumatizing experience.

Maybe this kind of thing has happened to you as well; if not, it’s likely happened to someone you know. Sexual harassment occurs in every conceivable type of workplace, and in the restaurant/hospitality and retail sectors more than any other. Sometimes, the perpetrator is a boss or colleague. Other times, it’s a customer.

That’s the scenario Shin-hye faces during season one of It’s OK to Be Sensitive! Watch this nine-and-a-half minute webisode:

Last warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Boys Will Be Boys, Especially If They All Go Along to Get Along

If you missed it, yesterday we launched the F.A.D. daily commemoration of 16 Days of Activism! That’s an international campaign to spotlight abuses against women and girls that begins every Nov. 25, the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes Dec. 10, Human Rights Day. We also met the five lead characters for season one of the K-drama It’s OK to Be Sensitive!, a web series about women’s rights issues which will spark our conversation for these 16 days.

Now, watch this new episode before continuing! It’s one of the shorter ones, timing at just under eight minutes. Final warning: SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE EPISODE ABOVE!

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It’s OK to Be Sensitive! (An F.A.D. Series for 16 Days of Activism)

Today, November 25, marks the global commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). It’s a day declared by the United Nations, annually since 1999, to focus the world’s attention on the myriad ways that women and girls experience gender-based oppression. Marches and rallies take place in many cities, seeking to bring awareness of how violence against women and girls touches hundreds of millions of lives.

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Save Cloak & Dagger

As I’ve said multiple times here on the Feminist Asian Dad blog, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is one of the best TV series I’ve seen in my entire 48-year life. It isn’t just a teen superhero show, but it’s true art of both exceptional quality and clear-eyed social commentary. Find me another show taking on race, gender, and class like it does, yet without getting preachy. There isn’t another, particularly one that teens and young adults can easily relate to!

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K-drama “Hotel Del Luna”: A Horror Show with a Heart

Minor spoilers ahead.

I don’t do horror. Haunted houses, scary movies, TV shows that make you petrified to be at home alone – I hate them all!

Now suspense, I’m okay with. But ever since I saw one of The Omen movies on a friend’s HBO in third grade, I’ve stayed faaaaaaaaaaar away from ghost stories, slasher flicks, and tales of demons run amuck. Real life is already hard enough with all of its anxieties and fears! I don’t need freaky images and ideas making it even more stressful.

My antipathy towards the horror genre has made my obsession with this summer’s megahit Korean drama Hotel Del Luna a big surprise to even myself. Not only was I sucked into following yet another K-drama – something I would never have done a few months ago – but I also found myself taking huge delight in this series about the undead, of all things.  

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My First Korean Drama

I just finished watching a Korean drama – all 16 episodes of it. 

No one is more shocked by this than I am. I’ve long scoffed at Asian soap operas regardless of their national origin, having watched a handful of episodes while overseas and glimpsing others on Asian TV channels here. They’re so over the top! From their maddeningly slow-burning, tear-drenched romances (always backed by gut-wrenching dirges about mismatched love) to the pristinely clean-shaven men who all look the same, Asian dramas have been anathema to me.

But one Korean drama has revealed to me my arrogance. It’s still got too much romantic angst for my taste – they’re talking about their relationship AGAIN? – and sad songs that I’d rather put on mute. Yet this K-drama really won me over.

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Go Back to Your Country

Go back to your country. Send her back.

We hear it on TV and the radio.

The Chinese must go. (See posters, news clips, and ads below.)

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