Yujin Joung – A penis that fell off
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College Student (The World)
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Design Academy Eindhoven
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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A penis that fell off
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Korean women are expected to do all the work in the kitchen. Boys are not allowed near the kitchen, which is regarded as the domain of women. I often think back of my grandmother, who told the boys off whenever this happened with the following remark: "If a guy enters the kitchen, his penis will fall off!" In this context, the depicted penis represents a male’s dignity. Men are not allowed to do a woman’s job, which is different or even considered lower, than tasks allocated to men. If a man decides to enter the kitchen and help in the preparation of a meal, he must give up his most valuable possession. This is the starting point of my idea and after that I decided to turn it into a surreal joke. The separated penis is displayed as a crown jewel in a treasure box.
What is something you learned about patriarchy and what is something you would like to change about what you learned?
Particularly the notion of gender is one of the more serious topics that is constantly debated in a social context in this day and age. The old customs and culture regarding gender roles and expectations need to be urgently discussed. Like many social issues, this complex problem requires a multilayered solution, in which economical, cultural, and political aspects need to be considered.
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