world : 'Only elegant women allowed': S Korea gym draws flak for sign

world : 'Only elegant women allowed': S Korea gym draws flak for sign
world : 'Only elegant women allowed': S Korea gym draws flak for sign

Friday 14 June 2024 04:30 AM

Nafeza 2 world - The gym defended itself by pointing to an additional notice that tried to distinguish between ajummas and women. It says that ajummas tend to "like free stuff regardless of their age", and that they are "stingy with their own money but not with other people's money".

The gym's owner also said there may be other business owners who share his sentiments but have not spoken out.

"It’s not that I tried to make a hate comment against older women or women in general," he told Yonhap. "I think people who are enraged by [the notice] are in fact the ones with the problem."

The ban did find support among some people online, who also seemed to associate ill manners with older or middle-aged women. Some described them as "territorial", while others used insulting language, calling them "senseless".

"The ladies are annoying... They take their kids to restaurants and cafes. They are oblivious and abusive," read one comment on YouTube.

There were multiple references to children, with the main notion being that these women took up a lot of space or attention in public spaces.

South Korean women have long fought for non-traditional choices - from short hair to singledom - in a society that holds them to often unyielding standards. Women say men are rarely judged for similar behaviour.

Commentators too have pointed out that there was no need to single out women at all, when older men are just as likely to behave badly.

“Older men behave the same," psychology professor Park Sang-hee said in an interview with television network JTBC, following the ban. "Older men also obsess over free stuff and repeat themselves over and over again. Rude behaviours are not exclusive to older women."

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