South Korea's equality minister 'should prepare for legal action' after accusing folk tale hero of raping fairy

By On July 19, 2018

South Korea's equality minister 'should prepare for legal action' after accusing folk tale hero of raping fairy

South Korea’s minister of gender equality is under fire after describing the hero of a much-loved traditional folktale as a kidnapper and a rapist who took advantage of a fairy.

Speaking at a recent seminar, Chung Hyun-back took issue with the elderly woodcutter in the popular Korean fable “The Woodcutter and the Fairy” for stealing a nymph’s dress while she bathed in a pond.

The woodcutter took her clothes so she could not go back to heaven. He then married her and had two children. He then gave the fairy some clothing and she flew back to the skies to be with her parents.

The innocent tale is one of the most famous fables in South Korea and one that all children will hear at school or bedtime.

“When I was in elementary school, I took great pity on the woodcutter - but seen from the point of view of the f airy, the two children she had with him and the fairy’s parents, he could be considered a kidnapper and a rapist”, she said.

“This should be changed in the context of achieving gender equality”, Ms Chung said.

The minister’s accusations were applauded by feminists, The Korea Times reported, but ridiculed by a former judge. Hwang Ju-myung, now chairman of the Seoul-based legal firm HMP Law, told the newspaper in a sarcastic comment that according to Ms Chung’s logic, she should prepare for a legal challenge from the woodcutter.

Source: Google News South Korea | Netizen 24 South Korea

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