South Korea: Sex Tricks Now Legal

Posted on December 18, 2009

South Korea has thrown out a law dating back to 1953, banning men from falsely promising marriage in return for sex. The penalty for breaking this law consisted of two years in prison and a fine of more than £2,000 (about $4,000 US dollars).

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According to the court, the law didn’t truly reflect modern trends and contradicted the government’s “constitutional obligation to aim for the equality of men and women”. The nine-member court ruled in a 6-3 verdict that the archaic law was an infringement on the dignity of women.

“The government should refrain from interfering in men’s sexual activities of tempting women…,” states the final verdict.

The banning of the law came on the wings of appeals made by two men who had recently been reprimanded. With the ban comes not only the automatic acquittal of all men formerly penalized under the law but also the possibility of state compensation.

A major women’s rights group in Seoul, Korean Womenlink, told the press that it welcomed the court’s verdict. The statement read in part:

“It had not been a law that protected women’s human rights but a law that protected women’s chastity.”

South Korea remains deeply conservative in thinking, greatly influenced by the teachings of Confucius. Despite decades of exposure to Western thought, old habits really do die hard as the old saying goes. The courts are the most conventional of all, as last year South Korea’s Constitutional Court upheld an archaic law against adultery even after many complaints that the statute is antiquated and constitutes an invasion of privacy. Prison sentences of up to two years are enforced for those convicted under this anti-adultery law.

It would seem that South Korea has a lot of catching up to do as far as facing the changing sexual trends in the world today.

Will they get there?

Who can say, but one thing seems certain:

The roles and mores of men and women everywhere are constantly “under construction.” Therefore, everyone everywhere need be mindful of “falling debris” of all kinds.

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10 comments
rami
rami

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moo102
moo102

I don't think the important thing here is the sex, but rather the fact that guys are promising marriage in order to have sex. Not that guys anywhere won't promise anything to get sex, but marriage is a very big thing to promise. Of course, a guy who's going to pull that trick probably wasn't good marriage material to begin with, but the girl had sex with the guy under false pretenses.

FreedomOutlaw
FreedomOutlaw

It's too bad Korea is becoming so liberalized in their legal structure. Although, I was there almost 30 years ago I didn't get the "feeling" that this was a repressed culture in the slightest. Especially where sexual intimacy was concerned.

Anon
Anon

I am glad that some people can think for themselves without having to be told through religion what to think.

Robin
Robin

Confucianism isn't a religion, it is a school of thought.

Sara
Sara

Although it's fair to say a LOT of South Koreans are brainwashed by the archaic virtues of Christianity. Many Koreans still wait until marriage before having sex for example. Korean Gender roles seem to be perpetually stuck in the 1950s.

Lucky Star
Lucky Star

Whether Korea's views on sex are changing or not, there is a difference between offering sex for money and having sex before marriage because you want to experience it. I agree with the person above who said that one's choices shouldn't be judged by others. If one wants to have sex after marriage then leave them alone, how does that affect your preferences and beliefs? Unless someone is completely immersed in the decisions of others and love prying into their personal lives then I don't see the problem with waiting after marriage. I lost my virginity and I'm not even married but I don't condemn those who do wait. It's THEIR choice, leave them and don't even preach them.

Sundancekid
Sundancekid

To be honest regardless of what they say here a lot of the young korean people have started to act and think very differently in regards to sex. It's not uncommon for people to have many sexual partners before marriage. Infact there was a lot of news about young highschool people selling sex to older people for money. The idea of sex really has changed and it's not as prehistoric as this article makes it out to be. It's true a lot of the older people still uphold (very stubbornly) these ideas and values such as...sex should be only for a married couple etc. Each to their own but coming from a young Korean female whose mother just sat her down not long ago to telling her to "experience everything the world had to offer" I do believe things are changing

Anon
Anon

What a perfect display of ignorance and intolerance. Because someone chooses a lifestyle different than yours, they must be "brainwashed"? What is so bad about someone waiting to have sex? And anyway, what business is it of yours? Let people be who they want to be, and don't assume that because they are living differently than you they are automatically wrong.

Danny
Danny

Pwned by philosophy.