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posted 07 June 2005 02:15 PM      Profile for kuri   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Pretty pop princesses are a dime a dozen, but meet “Lady,” not your typical girly group. These four foxy sirens are creating media frenzy as they poise to take the entertainment industry by storm. Korea's first transgender group is set to release its debut album in a Euro-dance style.

This seems to be something of trend in, if not all of Asia, then Korea. Following the success of singer/model/actress Harisu, these idols have really brought issues of sexuality and gender out in the open.

Harisu has brought many of these issues to the forefront, but her responses to the challenges faced by the gay and lesbian community in Korea is deeply ambivalent. She has won some important battles, including having her sex legally changed on her citizen ID card and having her legal name feminized to Lee Gyeong-eun (alt. Kyung-eun). Clearly many of the projects she has chosen have exploited her status as a post-op transsexual, and depended heavily upon the shock value.

The shock value could be a double-edged sword however, making the issue of sexuality something of a novelty rather than something mainstream. Still, I think it's a very interesting phenomenon.

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audra trower williams
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posted 09 June 2005 12:22 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for posting these links! I'm gonna read the articles more indepth tomorrow. Looks interesting.
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