REMEMBER GU Sung-ae,
who shocked everyone by openly talking about sex on national TV? She introduced
mature views on sex to Koreans, shattering their prejudice. Although her
lectures are not broadcast now, we do not need to be disappointed. On our
campus, we've already got another Gu Sung-ae who is conducting open discussions
on sex in her classroom. She is Han keum-yun (Dept. of Korean Lang. & Lit.),
the professor of a class called "Women and Literature".
present their assigned topics using power point visuals.|
This "Women and
Literature" (UCI110101/ three credits/ elective general education subject) class
might sound like a course about feminism. However, the class goes beyond mere
feminism and achieves gender equality by probing into how gender and sexuality
are reflected through culture. Based on this knowledge, the class discusses
different interpretations that culture can have about sex, using reference
materials which include the movie, "The Full Monty," and underground music
composed by women.
Instead of normal lectures, group presentations followed
by class discussion are main criteria. For example, a group assigned with the
topic "Adolescents and their Sex Culture," analyzes the current situation and
problems, and suggests solutions for using power point visuals which even
include movies. Other classmates point out the weaknesses in their argument and
naturally lead the class to a discussion. During this process, the professor
mainly mediates the debate and gives expert suggestions.
A class participant,
Cho Yoo-mi (Jr., Dept. of Psych.) states, "As a student from Japan, I feel that
most Korean classes are too rigid. However, this class is unusual in a way that
students can talk about sex-related issues with the professor openly and
frankly. This openness is why I can concentrate better on the class
It is a fact that open talks on sex issues have been treated as
taboos in Korean schools. However, this class goes against this norm and proves
that an open discussion is not a taboo, but the solution to correct our
distorted views on sex.