Megalia: South Korean Feminism Marshals the Power of the Internet

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Founded on August 6th, 2015, independent website Megalian.com embodies a new type of feminism – one that uses the country’s world-class information and communications technology  infrastructure to promote gender equality and to humorously bash misogyny on the South Korean web.

The name, currently filed for trademark registration by one of its users, is a neologism combining ‘MERS gallery’, the web forum where the movement was born, and ‘Egalia’, of Gerd Brantenberg’s satiric novel Egalia’s DaughtersMegalian.com operates strictly on an anonymous basis, with all members posting under the same nickname, except for notices regarding server maintenance by the site’s administrators, who nevertheless remain anonymous (As of December 2015, the few interviews conducted with its members or admins have not revealed any personal information).

The collective movement began in June 2015, when women began to ‘mirror’ the misogynic comments made by male members on DCInside.com, a popular web forum. What was conceived as a minor page dedicated to sharing information on MERS-CoV, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, turned to a battleground between the sexes. Male users began launching hate speech on two South Korean women affected by MERS who, due to miscommunication, did not comply to the South Korean government’s call for quarantine. Women fought back, parroting back male users’ comments by simply replacing the words ‘women’ with ‘men’, a tactic they actively promote as ‘mirroring’.

Megalia’s members, who call themselves ‘Megalians’, have since created a stir in the South Korean media. Opponents call them men-haters and accuse them of fighting hate back with hate – that these women have gone too far. This is precisely the point, Megalians say. To see the misogyny that is today taken as acceptable social behaviour and spat at South Korean women every day: to turn it around so men and women alike can witness it in its honest, raw form – discrimination.

At the moment of its conception in August, the site had 170,000 unique visitors (data bysimilarweb.com). This number has continued to grow, adding another 100K almost every month. The November stats stand at 370,000. About 83% percent of its visitors log in from tech-savvy South Korea, while 10% hail from the US, and smaller numbers from Canada, Japan and New Zealand. (A portion of users are also based in European nations).

About a quarter of its traffic stems from referrals – most notably from Ilbe.com, a website whose members have been Megalia’s target of criticism and vice versa since the movement began at DCInside.com. Ilbe, a site dedicated to sharing humour whose political stance leans towards the extreme right, has continuously faced accusations from the general South Korean population for its largely unmoderated content – much like 4chan in the rest of the world. Its notoriety stems from members’ ad hominem attacks targeting specific groups, such as women and South Koreans originating from Jeolla province. Users have been sentenced for using the terms ‘fish cake’ and ‘barbecue meat’ to mock the hundreds of people killed in the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster and the 2003 Daegu subway fire.

Megalian logo

Megalia’s logo reflects its satiric nature, heavily influenced by the feminist novel Egalia’s Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes by Norwegian author Gerd Brantenberg. In the influential feminist oeuvre, Brantenberg narrates a world where gender roles are entirely reversed – linguistically (women are called ‘wim’ and men ‘menwim’, making the man the suffix), socially (women are by default given the upper hand at the home and in society due to their power to give birth), and sexually (men are at constant risk of sexual assault; the blame is entirely theirs and not of their assailant). The logo alludes to South Korean society’s – notably men’s – highly judgmental attitude towards women’s physical appearance and mirrors the male obsession with women’s sexuality and physical attributes by mocking the size of South Korean men’s penises – ‘they are just not good enough‘.

The satire and humour culminated in the creation of a Megalian dictionary as well as the parody of a popular South Korean comic targeted at young children learning basic classical Chinese characters. (All the characters are reinterpretations of the letter 男, which means ‘man’.)

Popular Megalian vocabulary and expressions include references to social problems caused by South Korean men as well as inversions of derogatory terms used by men on sites such as Ilbe:

  • Chanel lipstick: mocks the kimchi girl concept, a derogatory term used by men to refer to women who buy brand goods
  • Papa: refers to South Korean men who’ve had extramarital affairs in South and Southeast Asian countries and abandoned their spouses once a child was born. (See here for an example of this phenomenon.)
  • Blue & Green Ilbe: reference to Facebook and Naver, both of which have demonstrated intolerant attitudes towards feminist comments while supporting misogynistic ones
  • Schroedinger’s South Korean Man: refers to a study which reported that approximately 58% of of South Korean men have purchased sexual services
  • Dead Older Sister: refers to the selective abortion of female foetuses commonly practiced in South Korea up until the 1990s (in the belief that a son is more important than a daughter)

Although men are the main target of Megalia’s mirroring techniques and retorts, women receive criticism as well. These women – dubbed ‘corseted’ (after the restraining fashion device) or ‘Penis Emeritus’ are, however seen as a product of the male-dominated society, who must break free from the injustices of patriarchy by individual will (and by joining Megalia, of course). It should be noted that almost all South Korean women are understood as having undergone a ‘corseted’ phase at some time in their life, as it is a social norm implemented on even the most feminist children.

The movement doesn’t stop at simply mocking misogyny. It has backed several feminist campaigns – including the crowdfunding of adverts in Seoul’s public transport system denouncing pornographic ‘hidden cam’ videos; endorsing support for and encouraging individual donations be made to New Political Alliance Democracy politician Jin Sunmee, who is leading a campaign to shut down Soranet, a South Korean porn hub associated with brokering underage prostitution and sharing videos of illegal nature. (Jin’s office received a total of 10 million KRW / 9,000€ / 10,000$ in the 24 hours following the upload of a post calling Megalians to donate.)

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Ad campaign against ‘hidden cams’ crowdfunded by Megalia. The slogan reads “Don’t shoot hidden cam videos” (Source: Megalia)

The site has worked extensively on exposing Soranet, South Korea’s biggest pornographic website (over a million users are currently registered) and whose claim to fame lies on its ability to keep avoiding legal consequences by constantly changing domains names and servers, effectively placing it outside the jurisdiction of South Korean law.

Megalia also played a crucial role in the 2015 Maxim Korea scandal. In its September 2015 issue, MAXIM Korea’s cover depicts the images of a naked woman’s feet dangling out of a car boot, with the slogan “This is what a real bad man is like. How do you like me now?”.  The photo spread within the issue goes on to show the images, most likely of the assumed female victim in the boot, looking up at the assailant, then being dragged away in a plastic body bag. The magazine took a defensive stance at the accusations, and only issued an apology after international media and a spokesperson for MAXIM US condemned the images.

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Cover of MAXIM Korea’s September 2015 issue

Other activities Megalia is collectively responsible for include:

  • September: Successfully shutting down the sale of ‘hidden cam’ type devices on Ticketmonster (Tmon), a South Korean e-commerce platform (unrelated to the ticket sales site ticketmonster.com). Following dozens of calls of complaint from Megalians, Tmon stopped sales and issued an official apology. Wemakeprice.com, which sold similar products also retracted sales but have not published an apology.
  • September: Donated over 6 million KRW (4,700€/5,100$) to Aeranwon, an NGO which helps single mothers
  • September: Contacted Hanshin University’s student council regarding a series of on-campus banners containing misogynic slogans. The council subsequently issued an official apology and removed all banners
  • October: Stopped sale of high-concentrate hydrochloric acid on 11st.co.kr by filing complaint to the Ministry of Environment. Hydrochloric and sulphuric acid have been used as weapons in cases of hate crime committed by men on women

As of December 25th, the site was running several funding and media campaigns. A YouTube channel dedicated to providing information on hate crimes in South Korea uploads videos with English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish subtitles.

However, the site is not without trouble. In early December, a debate erupted over whether the site should support gay men’s rights. (The site is supportive of the lesbian community). Some members argued that gay men should not be exempt from criticism, as they are also part of the South Korean male community which the site targets. The administrators ruled that members should not use derogatory satiric terms to refer to gay men, and that decision resulted in a mass exodus. Womad, an alternative to Megalian.com was proposed, but as of December 25th, no site has been launched and its Daum forum has been made private. [Update July 22nd, 2016: Still no website; Daum forum running].

Since the December exodus, several sites pretending to be an alternative to Megalian.com have popped up, taking advantage of the confusion and luring Megalians to join or to visit them. However, few Megalians have actually joined them, as they were warned beforehand on the forums.

Men, mostly from the rival site Ilbe, have also been vandalising and lurking on Megalia, a site dominated by female users (including transgender and transsexual women). As Megalia operates on a strict anonymity basis and insists on an easy-to-join-and-leave policy, there is no way to block users based on any information. South Korean web portals such as Naver and Daum require users to provide their national identity number (replaced with Web ID in 2014), which allows admins and moderators of forums to restrict membership based on age and/or gender – but take away any chance at anonymity.

This anonymity is both Megalia’s advantage and drawback, since it guarantees full freedom of speech to members while diminishing the ease of blocking users. A few members have been blocked through IP address tracking; however, in general, the admins do not moderate the posts and only issue warnings if several reports have been filed.

Since December 2015, administrators and financial backers of the website have continuously received criticism on their lack of transparency, but no official statement has been released.

Megalia (Korean only): http://megalian.com/

Timeline of Megalia’s main activities (Korean only): http://timetree.zum.com/123516

Update: As of May 2016, most users have migrated to either the radical WOMADIC (Daum cafe) or to the softer LADISM (Daum cafe).

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on realkoreans.com and was reprinted with the author’s permission.

  • Leith Media

    Oh yay. Social justice warriors are now making inroads into South Korea. Down with the evil male patriarchy!

    • Michael Aronson

      They’re feminists. This is the first year feminism has taken hold in Korea.

      • Leith Media

        The first year? Koreans have embraced feminism like the way they embraced another Western import, Christianity, with intense fervor for certain aspects while still maintaining a largely Confucian outlook.

        One of the reason for Korea’s plummeting birthrate is the large numbers of women getting advanced degrees, leaping in one generation from barely literate ajummas washing clothes at the river to smart young women with Phds and MDs and college degrees.

        Because of a biological/social phenomena called hypergamy, now these newly empowered and highly educated women find any man not at their level “beneath them.” I’ve personally met many such Korean women with the top-shelf degrees from the best schools in Korea who are unmarried and childless in their mid 30s and beyond.

        Yay, feminism.

      • Michael Aronson

        “The first year?”

        That’s correct, and nothing you wrote afterward has contradicted this.

        “now these newly empowered and highly educated women find any man not at their level “beneath them.””

        The choice not to date certain men is not feminism. It has nothing to do with feminism. Guess what? You don’t have to try to date those women either.

        Win-win.

      • Leith Media

        Are you as dense as a brick? Are you a troll-bot?

        Feminism isn’t some Iphone model or movie that makes it debut in year 2016 in Korea. If feminism is a bunch of crap ideologies about empowering women through voting rights, equal rights, education, etc etc it has long ago infected Korea like a toxic cancer.

        What is your evidence it is the “first year?” Is 2016 when Feminism Edition 1.00 Beta Release finally debuted in the Korean market?

      • Michael Aronson

        “Feminism isn’t some Iphone model or movie that makes it debut in year 2016 in Korea.”

        You seem to be replying to something I didn’t write. That was kind of funny.

      • Leith Media

        “You seem to be replying to something I didn’t write. That was kind of funny”

        That’s the 10th time you wrote this. Did you run out of your meds?

      • gamerdoc

        You are barking at a wrong tree. If you know what Megalia truly is, look at my link.

        https://namu.wiki/w/%EB%A9%94%EA%B0%88%EB%A6%AC%EC%95%84
        If you want to know that is. If you want to support a criminal group hiding behind feminism, go right ahead.

      • smithington

        Troll-bot is a good description of him. He’s like this everywhere. He’s got serious white knight issues.

  • Simon Lee

    Humorous? Can sexual harassment of young children be considered humorous? Or the revealing of private information of gay people against their will? There is nothing humorous about Megalian, only horrifying acts of pure hatred and vice.

    • Leith Media

      Their logo oddly looks like one belonging to a totalitarian state.

      • gamerdoc

        It’s meant to demean Korean male’s genital size. Truly a shining example of mutual respect and empowerment.

      • someplatun

        What’s with feminists and demeaning their males genital sizes?

        Koreans trying to take a page out of western feminism? North Korea ftw. Screw the jewish cuck mentality that’s so prevalent in America it’s ruined the country.

    • Michael Aronson

      “Can sexual harassment of young children be considered humorous?”

      Are you referring to one of their mirroring campaigns, which is actually about men sexually harassing young girls?

      • Leith Media

        I’m thinking of their shaming of Korean men about their Kopino children. I read the original article. This group publishes the pictures of the allegedly jilted women (any laws broken here? Nope.) and their children, exposing the illegitimate children to shame and ridicule. Sorry, the children are innocent and didn’t ask to be made part of this social justice campaign. In a conservative Catholic culture like the Phillipines, it is a great shame to be a bastard child.

      • Michael Aronson

        “I’m thinking of their shaming of Korean men about their Kopino children”

        Oh no, women said mean things about men on the internet. Better whine about it.

      • Leith Media

        They published pictures of the children (with their mothers). They didn’t just “say mean things.”

      • Michael Aronson

        Evidence?

      • Leith Media

        The link is in the original article.

      • Michael Aronson

        Which link?

      • Leith Media
      • gamerdoc

        I am thinking of shaming American women about their obesity. Apparently it’s bankrupting the US health care system.
        Preposterous? Sure is. The same with your assertion. Why should I, an upright citizen, feel shamed by some bad apples that has nothing to do with me?

      • gamerdoc

        No, one member (a kindergarten teacher!) from that site posted that she fantasized to molester children under her care. She was fired soon after. She insisted she was just using hyperbole.
        Try that in the US. See if the police buys it. Thank God she couldn’t act on her fantasy.

      • Michael Aronson

        Given that the members of the group are anonymous, how could she be fired?

      • gamerdoc

        Members from the other internet community tracked her IP and eventually identified her. She even posted after she got fired “this is outrageous! I didn’t really mean it!”. You know the infamous t-shirt? The proceedings from the T-shirt sale goes to her and other criminal’s legal expense, not to promote gender equality. The site’s moderator said as much herself.

      • Michael Aronson

        “The proceedings from the T-shirt sale goes to her”

        Evidence?

      • gamerdoc

        https://namu.wiki/w/%EB%A9%94%EA%B0%88%EB%A6%AC%EC%95%84
        If you can read Korean, it’s all captured and archived.

      • Michael Aronson

        Unfortunately, that page was clearly written by men who hate Megalia.

        I want evidence in terms of a quote by the person in charge of raising funds who states what they’ll be using them for.

      • gamerdoc

        It’s not one person who wrote it; a whole community collected the data and posted. They might hate the site, yes but all their captured images are from Megalia. You can’t deny the fact.

      • Michael Aronson

        Then you can show me the specific captured image that answers my question.

      • gamerdoc

        https://archive.is/SZmNV
        It’s one of them.

      • Michael Aronson

        All those image links seem to be broken.

        And then your second link just linked me to the same biased page again.

        You’re not very good at this persuasion business.

      • gamerdoc

        https://archive.is/SZmNV
        Try this again… You should see the captured image of Megalia’s moderating admitting legal assistance for the fired kindergarten teacher.

      • Michael Aronson

        No, the image links are broken.

        If the kindergarten teacher was fired for writing mean things about men on the internet, then I am in support of raising money for her legal fees.

        I think I’ll buy a shirt myself.

      • gamerdoc

        No, she was fired for posting her fantasies of raping children under her care. Are you a pedophile?

      • Michael Aronson

        Apparently you can’t grasp their mirroring concept either. Such fragile masculinity.

      • gamerdoc

        Apparently you sympathize with pedophiles. Let me track your IP and report you to FBI. Its easy enough. Make sure you contact Megalia for your legal cost! But better hurry, that group’s fund is running out fast…

      • gamerdoc

        Mirroring? Fantasizing to molester kids are mirroring? You better seek medical attention.
        Why, ISIS is just “mirroring” the US brutality, by your logic. Holy smokes.

        There are lines you must not cross you scum of the earth. What a disgusting animal; anything goes to advance your feminist ideal, no matter how base it is… Sure, tolerate pedophiles and sexual predators because they “happen” to be a “feminist”. Sorry I wasted my time on a random pedophiles in the net.

      • Dickard Kaine

        Miguel, can you at least pretend to look at the links that these fellas posted? They’re clearly not broken.

      • Michael Aronson

        That’s not my name, and I did click them. They are broken on the computer I’m using. Why would I lie about that?

      • gamerdoc

        Because it doesn’t fit your agenda? Just wait until the police visit your place and ask to show your computer for evidence.

      • Dickard Kaine

        Apparently you do not grasp the concept of mirroring your ignorant behaviour. Two wrongs don’t make a right. A reflection of a criminal does not turn itself into a clown; it’s still a criminal. We Korean men never asked ilbe.com to represent us as mysogynistic loons. Neither should women ask Womad/Megalia to be theirs

      • Michael Aronson

        “Apparently you do not grasp the concept of mirroring your ignorant behaviour.”

        I don’t know what this is supposed to mean. You asked me to look at links. How is that mirroring anything?

        “A reflection of a criminal does not turn itself into a clown; it’s still a criminal.”

        Except Megalia isn’t committing crimes. They’re writing things on the internet. Oh, the horror!

        “We Korean men never asked ilbe.com to represent us as mysogynistic loons.”

        Er, what? Who said Ilbe represents all men? Why do you think they represent you . . . if you don’t think they represent you?

      • gamerdoc

        Your sentence doesn’t even make sense. Whatever it was meant to be, it sounds like Megalia.
        Come out and tell me your real name for a starter.

      • gamerdoc

        I live in the US, and am fairly comfortable with the literature around feminism and their language here, but no one here uses the word “mirroring” to justify what they do. “Mirroring” is a word Megalia cooked up. Mirroring is used in psychiatry but the word has a very different meaning.

        This is how I know you are another Korean Megalia sympathizer hiding behind a Caucasian name.
        What a coward. Do you think using a Caucasian name would give you more credibility?

      • Dickard Kaine

        Mitchell, then could you explain how you know the whole “mirroring” concept if you’ve never heard of ilbe.com and their mysogynistic antics? and could you also explain why you support a female supremacist movement where some even claimed that they’ve killed a Korean man and put antifreeze into male customer’s drinks? And what makes you think that’s humorous or satirical? Because if you know about Megalia mirroring and not know about their counterpart, it just seems like you are just jumping on this bandwagon

      • Michael Aronson

        “could you also explain why you support a female supremacist movement”

        There’s no such thing, I’m afraid, but you seem awfully scared of women writing things on the internet.

        “some even claimed that they’ve killed a Korean man and put antifreeze into male customer’s drinks?”

        Except no such things happened, but you seem awfully scared of women writing things on the internet.

        “And what makes you think that’s humorous or satirical?”

        I didn’t say it’s humorous, satire doesn’t have to be funny, but you seem awfully scared of women writing things on the internet.

        I wish there weren’t so many men in this thread who whine about imaginary nonsequiturs and can’t respond to what I’ve actually written.

      • gamerdoc

        No one is scare of a lying Korean girl hiding behind a Caucasian name. What a bigot. Answer me, why do you pose as a man on this board? A Caucasian man?

      • Dickard Kaine

        You know what? Yes. I am scared that women write such stuff on the internet. Hell, I would be scared if Korean men write such claims of killing women on the web. Do you really think this whole fiasco is about gender rights? Well heres a news for ya. It aint. Its about how morally bankrupt this whole movement is

      • gamerdoc

        Don’t waste your breath bro. She is just another Megalian poster who were ordered to infiltrate any foreign website under Caucasian pseudonym. Sadly, she can’t even do that properly. Why, she had to use some words only Megalian posters would know! Tells you all about this group and its agenda…

      • gamerdoc

        You are not coming out with the most important question. What do you hope to gain by posing as a Caucasian man. You are so clearly a Korean girl hiding your true identity.
        I know quite a few feminist here in the US and no one talks like you. You use the Megalian language.
        Come out and tell us.

      • Simon Lee

        Here’s evidence on the antifreeze
        http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2016/07/30/2016073000989.html
        And here’s evidence on a teacher fired from school.
        http://news.kmib.co.kr/article/view.asp?arcid=0010713541&code=61121211&cp=nv
        Both are news articles, so yes such things happened.

        Kind of scary how there are people who would buy anything as long as the tag reads ‘feminism’

      • gamerdoc

        “mirroring” is just a Koglish cooked up by Megalia. There is no such word in feminist literature in the US. It is a psychiatric jargon but it’s used in a very different context.
        Her name is NOT Michael Aronson. She is just posing as a Caucasian male to give her voice more credibility.
        Another lying Korean Megalian.

      • gamerdoc

        And your name is NOT Michael Aronson.
        Your logic is the same as the Megalia. Come out, Sooki, or whatever your name is.
        What, hiding behind a Caucasian screen name make you feel like you are a Caucasian? Hey bigot, what’s your real name?

      • Anonymous

        You’re lying because you want to deny the fact he’s linking. Those links are clearly not broken. You’re just being ignorant.

      • gamerdoc

        Not ignorant. Just dishonest and deceitful. Typical of Megalian followers..

      • Michael Aronson

        They are broken on my computer. I can send you a screenshot in an hour, if it really makes any difference to you.

      • gamerdoc

        after you erase all the child porns on your computer before I track you down? I am working on it…

      • Fenrir007

        I just opened it. The image links are fine, though I cant read korean.

      • smithington

        Ignore the troll. He’s really that stupid and delusional. I guess he really has trouble getting women and figures if he white knights some criminals on the internet maybe he’ll finally get some action.

      • Leith Media

        You are not good at this “acting like a native English speaker” business.
        Go learn to communicate in better English. It is the most powerful and widespread language in the world.

      • gamerdoc
  • Leith Media

    While some of its goals may be worthy, Megalian’s biggest grievances seem to be against what is basically protected free speech in many countries.

  • TMB123

    utter nonsense…”women’s rights”?? i guess social justice psuedo-intellectuals will naturally find a way to glorify it’s nonsense and attempt to legitimize its perverse pretensions.

    • Michael Aronson

      Are you unaware of how legally backwards Korea is in terms of letting men literally get away with rape and murder?

      • Leith Media

        “Legally backwards?” Sorry, not everyone lives in your SJW fantasy land.

        Innocent until proven guilty. Just because some girl who had too much drink shouts “rape” doesn’t mean it was rape. Just because some feminist SJW femi-Nazi spouts rape statistics doesn’t mean it was rape.

      • Michael Aronson

        You seem to be replying to something I didn’t write. That was kind of funny.

      • Leith Media

        Legally backwards?

      • Michael Aronson

        Yes, I said that, and then you went off into some bizarre whinge about false accusations.

      • Leith Media

        Innocent until proven guilty. You’ve evidently swallowed the feminist Kool Aid about “rape culture” and the epidemic of rape and all those evil misogynistic laws that let men get away with rape in Korea and elsewhere.

      • Michael Aronson

        You seem to be replying to something I didn’t write. That was kind of funny.

      • gamerdoc

        Stop lying. You are NOT Micahel Aronson. You are a Korean girl using a male Caucasian screen name. What kind of self-respecting feminist would do that?

      • smithington

        No he’s actually Michael Aronson, the guy is some whipped feminist white knight. He really sounds like this, and he’s really this stupid.

      • TMB123

        yes…because that’s exactly what megalia are going for….

      • Michael Aronson

        I don’t see how that’s a response to what I wrote. Megalia isn’t “going for legally backwards Korea.”

      • takasar1

        i dont see how your original statement has any significance either. not every troll behind a keyboard is freedom fighter…

      • Michael Aronson

        I never said it had “significance.” What “significance” do comments sections have?

      • takasar1

        what significance did your original reply have to my statement. “I don’t see how that’s a response to what I wrote”

      • Michael Aronson

        I responded to TMB123, not you, takasar1.

      • takasar1

        i am TMB123. Its my other disqus account. sorry.

      • Michael Aronson

        Good, then you can finally answer my question:

        Are you unaware of how legally backwards Korea is in terms of letting men literally get away with rape and murder?

      • takasar1

        dont see how that is any excuse for what megalia are doing. do you recommend black folk in minnesota killing white cops or promoting the act simply because of what is going on elsewhere in the country? flawed logic

      • Michael Aronson

        “dont see how that is any excuse for what megalia are doing.”

        That’s the second time you’ve failed to answer my question. By the way, what exactly are they “doing” besides writing mean things on the internet?

      • takasar1

        what question??? you’re not asking a question…

        you dont seem to have a point tbh. your entire justification for megalia’s BS is: “well, apparently the scorecard in korea seems to be stacked against women, so allowing them to go on a hate spree online and then attempt to justify it under a feminist masquerade, is perfectly ok”. as if korean men are conniving together in underground cells to create a fully patriarchal society…

      • Michael Aronson

        “what question???”

        This one:

        “Are you unaware of how legally backwards Korea is in terms of letting men literally get away with rape and murder?”

        That’s a question. It ended with a question mark. It’s pretty clear to anyone who understands English. This is your third and final chance.

      • takasar1

        “A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than to elicit an answer”. question mark? check. requiring a direct reply? no. i take it you dont speak english well seeing as you evidently have no idea that such a literary device exists.
        i’ll let you walk away from this one with your pride intact. im not as generous as you, so you’ll only get one chance.

      • Michael Aronson

        And that’s 0 for 3. Troll better next time.

      • takasar1

        that’s just…pitiful. surely you can do better than that…no argument? no position? poor grammar skills? then again, if i just saw my entire position deflate before my very eyes, i’d be rather pressed for a comeback too….

        wouldnt it be better if you just returned to the sandpit?? there’s a good boy…

      • fjuten

        Spreading hate, I thought hate speech was a serious issue for feminists? Maybe people are just checking how well you police your own when they commit the same crimes you chase and bully others for? Its just a test so that everyone can see with their own eyes, confirm if you will, that you are as hypocritical as people claim you are, you did your part right here

      • Michael Aronson

        “Spreading hate”

        I’m afraid the fact you choose to feel victimized over words does not make feminists guilty of any such thing. You need a safe space, it seems.

      • fjuten

        You don’t communicate very well, do you?
        I am obviously referring to the feminist point of view in order to point out the hypocrisy in how your group act vs how you want other people to act, either get your shit together or step off your high horse

  • Liberals Have Mental Disease

    feminism is CANCER

    • Michael Aronson

      For many people, it’s empowerment.

      It’s too bad you’re dying from the empowerment of others.

      • Leith Media

        Oh, are you a proud male feminist? Hey, got a little secret for you: all those feminists LOVE getting boinked by the bad boys that disrespect them.

      • Michael Aronson

        Your experience seems to run counter to my own.

      • Leith Media

        Your experience with unshaved women that try to act like men?

      • Michael Aronson

        You seem to be replying to something I didn’t write. That was kind of funny.

      • Leith Media

        Hey, Michael Aronson, I think you’re autistic and utterly incapable of understanding rhetorical communication. Everything has to be literal and spelled out for you. For example, the first poster said “Feminism is Cancer” and you respond with something about dying.

        Newsflash: not all cancers are malignant. Second, when someone refers to an idea as a “cancer” they mean it is spreading into society like a disease. Not that their physical body is literally dying from cancer

        Along with your repetition of the phrase “You seem to be replying . . . ” I figured you out as having Aspergers or some other mental condition.

        You’re a nutcase.

      • js Kim

        And you say you’re not a misogynist.

      • gamerdoc

        No, she is just a Korean girl posing as a Caucasian male. Evidence? She uses jargons only Megalia users would know. I guess she felt having Caucasian male name would give her voice more weight. Some feminist she is, eh? No self-respecting feminist would do that.

  • gamerdoc

    What a bunch of BS.
    Here is what that logo on that megalia site means: it is meant to demean Korean men’s genital size.
    Here are some of the questions you have to answer in order to join that site:
    You have to write: “All Korean men are criminal”.
    Then you have to answer the question: “how large is Korean men’s genitalia size?”
    Correct answer: “It’s so small you can’t really see it”.
    Truly, this is a shining example of a community to promote gender equality and mutual respect.

  • gamerdoc

    Here are some of the most infamous deeds of Megalia:
    1. They tried to ruin reputations of several men and women with false accusations, including rape allegations. All proven false in the court of law. The infamous T-shirt sale goes to legal costs and restitution from these suit.
    2. Police is investigating a post on how to kill Korean male customers at café without getting caught. A member suggested anti-freeze, which were upvoted by many members.
    3. A kindergarten teacher was fired after posting her fantasy about raping kids under her care.
    4. This post was followed by a post by another member fantasizing of raping kids playing in the playground in front of her place: “their thing hasn’t been used!”, she said
    5. They tracked down a gay and forced “outing” because being gay is repulsive to them. His social reputation is ruined.
    6. A member posted pictures from her hidden camera from male public washroom. The pictures were used to demean some of male genital size on display.
    7. All Korean men deserve to die; therefore, whenever there is a reported death of Korean male, there is a celebration in the group.
    8. The only male population deserves to live is Caucasian. They have large genitals and are good in the bed, unlike Koreans.
    These are but some of the examples. Feminists? They are criminals.
    https://namu.wiki/w/%EB%A9%94%EA%B0%88%EB%A6%AC%EC%95%84

    • this is a name

      they’re basically bizarro /b/

      • gush

        No. they are just humankind at what we can at least say it’s close to it’s worst.
        Ps: every country has a feminist group like megalia.

    • speakthetruth

      This is not empowerment of women if they’re a bunch of self-hating Asians hating on Asian/Korean men and worshipping white supremacy. I have no idea what the author of the article is trying to say. Definitely not a real equality movement.

  • Naomi Koo (Nahyun Koo)

    The problem is that they are targeting certain male as a person that is unrelated to their ‘feminist’ acts. Korean feminists are against them. We want equality not superiority,

    • Leith Media

      You want equality? Why don’t you serve 2 years in the military like every able-bodied Korean male has to?

  • 이수행

    to say Megalia, I open pandora’s box!
    It’s the korean style feminism!
    the link : http://m.9gag.com/gag/agG5A2x/the-korean-style-feminists

  • Guillaume

    I like reading comments on this article because It makes me laugh, why do men complain on feminism? And if you complain about how a women act on the website do you complain as well when a men post same comments on another website? Do you complain as well when men do hidden cam or post naked picture on internet ? I think there is a huge problem on gender equality in Korea (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/113_144974.html) and when I read your comment it seems that it will be not over soon.

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  • Jonathan Nikuma

    Korea is like 1800s century japan in terms of its attitude towards women. The extreme gender discrimination and male chauvenism drawing to this backlash conclusion isn’t really a surprise.

    Its like 1000 times worse than the gender inequality in the United States.

  • Julia Bac

    I’m interested to read some positive results of Megalia’s lobbying in this article. I’ve only personally discussed them with graduate school colleagues and through online commentators, so I am divided on how much of the public opinion on this forum can be trusted. Many people here are linking to the namu wiki article on Megalia, which I have also read, but I’d like to remind people that namu wiki – while extensive – is written by volunteers who tend to be male (much like Wikipedia). As of now I find that many Korean journalists/academics/social commentators seem to be responding from a place of offence and shock, which is understandable but not helpful for a constructive assessment of Megalia’s role in South Korea’s new feminist movement.

  • JOHN

    That logo makes fun of Korean men’s relatively small (according to theses disgusting Megalians) penis size. nice try tho