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This Is What Counts As ‘Too Sexy’ in South Korea

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This Is What Counts As ‘Too Sexy’ in South Korea

Booty is in the eye of the beholder.

South Korea is in the midst of a minor scandal surrounding the country’s chief cultural export: K-pop girl groups.

Popular acts like Girl’s Day, AOA, and Rainbox Blaxx are under fire from media outlets and internet commenters alike for being “too sexy.” One investigative news show, Morning Wide, even measured the brain waves of two men as they watched risqué music videos. The (slightly anticlimactic) verdict: they experienced a loss of focus. And — we’re speculating here — possibly boners.

In response to pressure from broadcasters, performers are modifying their costumes and choreography to appear less suggestive. Look at the leggy slit dresses Girl’s Day wore for an early performance of their song “Something” on television.

Then compare them with the more conservative outfits the group chose for a later, less raunchy version of the same dance.

While far from G-rated, these routines are about as kinky as an old-timey burlesque show, or maybe a community theater production of Gypsy. Think stockings and garters, partially unzipped miniskirts, pouting. Think Christina Aguilera circa 2006. Asses will shake and hips will gyrate, sure — but isn’t that what asses and hips are meant for? 

[h/t Kotaku]