First of all, I don't want to argue with someone because of this post. Because I think it's a waste of time and it's just my opinion. I think it is more important to think about what to do and how to do it than to argue.
I was born as a man in South Korea and have lived without physical disability until now. And I was born into a middle-class family and graduated from college.
Those are not my choices but natural born. In short, I'm lucky. I think it means I'm living in the majority of the Korean Society. Yes, I'm living in privilege.
It's a real privilege to live as a man in Korean society.
If I were born as a woman, I would have exposed sexual violence at any time. According to the Survey on the Safety Status of Sexual Violence 2019 in South Korea, One in five women suffers from sexual abuse, including physical contacts, such as rape and sexual harassment, at least once in their lifetime. On the other hand, men are 1.8 percent.
I naturally get more opportunities than people with disabilities because I don't have any physical disabilities. I had a lot of educational opportunities and graduated from college without much difficulty because I met middle-class parents.
If I had been a sexual minority, I would have experienced a lot of discrimination in Korean society. Rainbow Index 2019 of South Korea is only 8.08 percent. The higher the Rainbow index, the less discrimination against sexual minorities in the country.
Anyway, over the years, I have felt so much helplessness in the face of tragic news what happened to someone wasn't right; it shouldn't have happened.
When I realized I'm in social privilege, I've been trying to make a difference. I joined some protests and shared my thoughts about critical social issues on social media.
Were those efforts enough? I'll answer that it wasn't enough. And frankly, I hesitated to. I will have to move forward before it's too late. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know anytime. I'll join if I can.
And I have a question.I want to ask if you are thinking like I am after reading this.