• Abbey Li

    “This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but an observation that there is still a high value placed on a man who can protect his love interest. If he cannot protect her, does that make him less of a man? And if she protects him, does that make her less of a woman?”

    That’s exactly what I thought when I watched Protect the Boss over the summer. At first, No Eun Seol was the invincible, delinquent-like, ex street-fighter. And I loved that Cha Ji Heon needed her to defend him. But when Ji Heon suddenly matured after putting their relationship on a break, he also got stronger – when Eun Seol found him at the office, he easily deflected all her attacks. Perhaps his physical strength represented his increased mental and emotional strength, but it kind of annoyed me that even in the one drama where the heroine is stronger than any of the other male characters at the beginning, the hero still ends up being stronger than the heroine at the end.

    • http://twitter.com/seobehrin 서베린

      Ji Heon’s weakness wasn’t physical but mental/emotional.  In the beginning he was too timid to use his physical strength, but as Eun Sol helped him grow stronger mentally/emotionally, he became confident enough to use the physical strength he already possessed.

      Likewise, Eun Sol was not some sort of Superwoman with super-strength.  She was just a bold woman who didn’t fear to use the strength she had.  In the end, her strength was not less than Ji Heon’s because she grew weaker, but because of the simple fact that because of testosterone, most men put on muscle more easily than women.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw the title, I thought you guys were throwing a Whitney Houston tribute. I guess I was wrong. But don’t worry, I Will Always Love You.

    • http://twitter.com/Laava90 Lava

      but this is a kpop site, why would they do a tribute to whitney houston…=/

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t watched a lot of Kdramas, so I probably don’t have a lot of knowledge on this subject. Most of the ones I’ve seen has had weak female characters, and even characters that were supposed to be strong but the actress didn’t pull it off well (Kim Tae Hee from Iris for example).

    I believe Kim Nana from City Hunter pulled it off well, both in her bodyguard stance and also emotionally as a woman and love interest opposite Lee Min Ho, I felt she could hold up her own against him.

  • Anonymous

    Gender reversal is always funny. Women-slapping is not limited to female bodyguard dramas though. There is generally a lot of slapping in Kdrama, period. I guess in Korea slapping is still acceptable in daily life.

    • Anonymous

      Was going to mention the same thing. Women slapping other woman, women slapping males, and now we see the vice versa. I don’t like it any of it’s forms. So I my little feminist heart is saying if it had been a different scenario in MTS. Where it was the woman slapping the male bodyguard, we’d be upset for a different reason.

      I think violence(excluding self defense of course), random slapping people shouldn’t be condoned….Period. But I know that’s like hoping that ice cream wasn’t fattening.

      • http://twitter.com/Igottapi4 Melanie Walker

        I really hate how a woman is strong enough to work/do anything men do/work at but cant be slapped by men.

        Either women are strong enough or not. You cant have it both ways. Im sorry but if men can be slapped when they are bastards then women can be slapped when they are bitches. Being despicable and hiding behind the “they are weak females” line is crap. And this is coming from a woman.

        Its truly hilarious how there is double standards even in sexism lol

        • Anonymous

          I wasn’t saying “they are weak females” the opposite in fact.

  • Anonymous

    Can we also talk about how Myung Wol was virtually raped by Kang Woo and how THAT hasn’t gotten ANY attention at all?