Anonymously and App don’t go hand in hand.
In a country where the Supreme Court rules that an actress was in the wrong for coming out about being the victim of domestic abuse, I'm not too hopeful that this movement will change anything.
> In August 2004, Choi Jin-sil came forward as a victim of domestic violence. Subsequently, the advertiser, Shinhan Engineering and Construction, claimed **she had not kept her contractual obligation to "maintain dignity"** as she had disclosed to the public her bruised and swollen face which was caused by the violence of her then husband.
> On June 4, 2009, the Supreme Court reversed a high court ruling that decided in favour of Choi in a compensation suit filed by the advertiser in 2004 against the actress, who was the model for its apartments. In handing down its ruling, the Supreme Court censured Choi for coming forward and declaring herself a victim of domestic violence, saying it **constituted a failure to maintain proper "social and moral honour"**
She committed suicide in 2008, so the defendants in the case were her children.
Male-dominated is an understatement. There are some *Middle Eastern* countries that are more empowering for women in corporate environment than South Korea.
I love Korea, it's an awesome country. But it is about as patriarchal of a society as you can get in the modern world (though, ironically, they had a female president before us - she was terrible though). The way women are treated, from politics, to business, to family interactions, is absolute bullshit.
I hope that #MeToo is successful over there. The country desperately needs change in that area.
South Korea is a curious case where economical and technological development has outpaced progress in social norms and cultural mindset. By and large, it runs like a 21st century society bound by the habits reminiscent of the 1970s rural America.
Confucian ethics impose order, hierarchy, and familial bonds in Korean society. There are certain merits. Traditions help move things along and reduce frictions between individuals. Homogeneous culture and demography are also significant factors. But those same ideas also trap people in a system that discourages outside thinking, initiatives, and freedom of expression, the qualities considered vital in a globalist, capital-driven economy. Every man plays police to his neighbors, scorn and disapproval his baton.
Truths that Koreans take for granted are truths originally conceived by few men, ostensibly benefiting all but in practice catering to the elites. Think Asian societies are "collectivist," unlike the more "individualistic" west? Drawing such dichotomous contrasts between western and eastern societies is meaningless. As in the US or in Europe, the fruits of production in Korea accrue to whomever sits on top of the social/group hierarchy.
Koreans raised in patriarchal tradition will not embrace gender equality because women threaten their place on top of the food chain. Even older generations of women will not fully support those who face harassment at work because of their rooted belief in the old culture. How long can a conversation last with Korean senior citizens before they ask if you are married or have children? Dare say no, and watch their faces gently fold into dismay and disapproval before they launch into hour-long lectures starting from the benefits of being a mother (not so much a wife or a career woman) and often ending with offers to set you up with someone they know.
Honestly #metoo is so badly needed in Korea this is going to produce some sad and hilarious results. Cannot wait for the crazy stories to come out.