Fashion Police: What’s the Story With Korea’s “Mini Skirt Ban”?

Internet forums and blogs have set into a flurry of chaos and panic this week as a new law came into effect today which some worry might have just banned miniskirts in the Republic of Korea. Don’t panic.

Korea's Mini Skirt LawA few weeks back, Korea’s new president, Park Geun-Hye was sworn into office. Park is well known in Korea and abroad as “The Dictator’s Daughter“. In short, her father ruled Korea under a military dictatorship a few decades back after seizing power in a military coup. Park Geun-Hye was, however, elected democratically.

The law that is causing all the ruckus is one that was passed over a year ago, before Park even came into power, though her party had led the charge in having it implemented. It is a general law against indecent exposure, and doesn’t target miniskirts in any way.

But many are concerned because of the ambiguity of the wording in the law, and since Park’s father had set mandatory skirt lengths (and men’s hair lengths) back in the 70’s, a few comparisons are being made.

We did NOT take this rather creepy photo.

We did NOT take this rather creepy photo.

Police are insisting that they aren’t going to use the law to become the fashion police.

Certainly, there are issues of individual freedom at stake here. And there does seem to be a bit too much vagueness to the law which would justifiably create cause for criticism and concern. But I wouldn’t start the panic yet.


Korea’s most wanted.

Miniskirts in Seoul are what cleavage is in the west. A quick stroll down the street will reveal more leg, and even “butt shelf” than you’ve ever seen in your life. Whereas western women tend to show off their breasts, Korean girls tend to show off their legs. They’re definitely accentuating one of their best physical attributes.

The prevalence of very, very short skirts is entirely normalized with the youth in Korea. Although western visitors may gawk like drooling idiots (I’m not excluding myself, mind you), it’s pretty much an established norm, at least among the under 30’s.

Just spend 30 seconds watching any given K-Pop video and you’ll get the idea.

It’s unlikely that the police, the government, or anyone else, is going to have the resources to police such a common practice. And if that does happen, they might as well just open up the DMZ and let North Korea take over.

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4 Responses to “Fashion Police: What’s the Story With Korea’s “Mini Skirt Ban”?”
  1. Love that comic! Each culture has its own idea of modesty for sure. 🙂

  2. fabrizzo says:

    good move! u don’t see men allowed into high end restaurants, clubs n work in short pants do u? u don’t see men wearing microshorts casually in public or during stage performance right? unless a policy is launched to encourage all boys/men to expose with microshorts in hot weather, otherwise I’m wholly against women taking advantage of miniskirt rights

  3. Tony says:

    We all remember the mini-skirt craze in The West in the 60s and 70s and then bare-cleveage of the 80s and it came an went. South(and China and Japan) have been gradually been exposed to American culture(by Hollywood,and Pop music)and therefore South East Asian youth will copy-cat their TV idols. So this craze it’ll soon pass too.

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