Feminism Around the World: France “Cracks Down” On the Burkini, Profiling Female Muslim French Citizens
Because women's bodies are for public consumption. By law.
When Aheda Zanetti of Australia invented the burkini, clothing designed to allow athletic Muslim women and girls to play sports and swim while preserving their modesty, she did so to allow them greater freedom. France doesn't seem to have gotten the memo.Read More
Korean voiceover actress, Jayeon Kim, does work for the PC game company, Nexon. Or, rather, she used to. The company fired her, as did PC game companies Naddic Games and A.storm, because of this "controversial" photo.Read More
Journalist Suki Kim writes about how her investigative book about North Korea Without You, There Is No Us was labeled and marketed as an Eat, Pray, Love-esque memoir.Read More
The Korean professional Overwatch scene is now down two players after their accusations against a teenage female player were refuted by both Blizzard Korea and the player herself.Read More
Penny for your thoughts?
Over in Seoul, Korea, 70 people competed against each other in what's been dubbed as a "Space-Out Competition."Read More
Are you excited for the return of Penny Dreadful? Showtime released a trailer for Season 3 today over at their YouTube channel. Enjoy! Penny Dreadful returns May 1st.Read More
A group of female peace activists, collectively known as WomenCrossDMZ, led by Christine Ahn, founder of Women De-Militarize the Zone, marked the 70th Anniversary year of Korea's division into North and South by crossing the DMZ between North to South in peace today. The group was joined by feminist activist, Gloria Steinem, and Nobel Peace laureates, Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Maguire.Read More
Good for some sheep thrills.
2015 is the Year of the Sheep, so it only makes sense that the world's first Sheep Cafe should be open for business. If ewe live in or near Seoul, South Korea (or are on the lamb), you can check out the Thanks Nature Cafe. Anyways, out of shear kindness, I won't ram anymore sheep puns down your throat.Read More
Korean actress and singer Clara just released a music video for her new song, "Gwiyomi Song 2," which (obv) has a series of dance moves to go along with it. With literally no explanation whatsoever, Stan Lee appears in the video, doing the Gwiyomi dance. Does it matter why, really?Read More
What exactly are South Korea's immigration policies? Just out of curiosity.
Hey, nerds. In, "Why wasn't this a thing when I wanted to go to college?" news, South Korea's Chung-Ang university has enacted a new policy to accept pro gamers to their Department of Sports Science just like any other athlete, which could help them get into the highly selective school. Gamers, it might be time to start learning Korean.Read More
If you're really good at Kinect games, will they recruit you Last Starfighter-style?
For the Xbox One, Microsoft pulled out all the stops and developed an incredibly powerful version of the original Kinect, and pretty much no one cared, because they just want it to be $100 cheaper like the PlayStation 4. All that technology won't go to waste, though, because a South Korean programmer put it to work on the nation's border.Read More
If you count yourself a devoted reader of all things Geekosystem, then you no doubt know that among our other self-imposed journalistic duties, one of them involves the constant and dedicated coverage of developments coming out of North Korea -- whether the news be legitimate, comedic, or -- typically -- a unique amalgamation that skates that fine line of being both. In keeping with this trend, South Korean officials have reported that Google chairman Eric Schmidt is scheduled to visit North Korea on a clandestine humanitarian mission, with the company itself pretty tight-lipped on the details surrounding the reason for this unorthodox trip. And as far as we know, it ain't a vacation.Read More
Yeah, hey, thanks a lot, everybody. Due to your insatiable appetite for all things insipid and obnoxiously viral on the Internet, the total number views for South Korean rapper -- and we use that term loosely -- PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video has skyrocketed to over one billion views and will likely continue to grow unless we as a people actually stop sharing it with everyone and their grandmother. Just so you know, pop culture is a part of our legacy, and legacies have a habit of outlasting the people that spawned it. Now future generations will recognize us for our inexplicable admiration for a man that enjoyed dancing like a horse.Read More
There's no good way to explain the sudden spike in the share price of Korean semiconductor manufacturer DI. Over three weeks, the company has rocketed from around $1.80 to $5.12 a share. The shift is baffling, considering that there's been no change financially for the company otherwise. It's not like they unveiled some amazing contraption that might drive such growth. DI's main shareholder, however, just so happens to be Park Won-ho. He's the father of Park Jae-sang -- as in PSY, the performer behind the immensely popular "Gangnam Style" song.Read More
Historical research out of South Korea suggests that male sex hormones may be to blame for the shorter lives of men across cultures. The evidence for this? The shocking longevity of several centuries of Korean eunuchs. Researchers combing through the meticulously detailed birth and death records of the Korean Chosun Dynasty found that eunuchs -- castrated men who worked as servants at court -- were a staggering 130 times more likely to live to see 100 than men in the modern age.Read More
NC Soft's Blade & Soul is the hot new game in Korea, with its open beta topping the PC Bang charts at 20.35%. Diablo III's iron grip on Korean gamers seems to have weakened as it drops to 17.74%, the first time it went sub-20% in 5 weeks. So is this the end of Diablo III? Not very likely.Read More
On February 21, Korean National Police Agency teamed up with Rovio Entertainment to create a campaign in which Rovio's iconic Angry Birds can be used as a sort of anger management in a campaign that aims to prevent violence in schools. That's right, Korea thinks that a video game -- even one with the word "Angry" in the title -- can actually help prevent violence. I wish I could say more of my own countrymen were equally enlightened.Read More
Doggy Poo Story is a 2003 claymation movie (well, we hope it's clay) based on a Children's Literature Award-winning book by Korean author Jung-Saeng Kwon. The photo above, spotted in Seoul's Maebang Station, advertises a musical based on the series, with the tagline "Nothing God made is useless."
While the title might seem to promise -- well, be -- one massive poop joke, it's actually a rather existential story about one piece of dog excrement's quest to find its higher purpose.Read More