K-pop guide to Muslims: Tonight’s Episode Ivy and Rights


Here is Ivy, a Korean singer. She has a nice voice but her debut was via the “sexy route.” The record company that launched her decided to promote her in this manner which is too bad. She was later able to reverse some of this image but her albums did not do that well so she again took the controversial route. If you get a chance, check out here songs. And you all pervs out there the whole video thing is just made up. :p Speaking of controversy, one of things that frequently comes up in the media is women in the Muslim world. To some extent Muslims are to be blamed e.g., according to Islamic law the possessions of a women after marriage do not get transferred to her husband and she has no obligation to spend money on her family. However the same does not apply to a Muslim man who is required to spend money on his wife and his family. In theory the wife can keep her money AND spend money from her husband. In reality this rule is not followed by a lot of Muslims but interesting ain’t it.

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8 Responses to “K-pop guide to Muslims: Tonight’s Episode Ivy and Rights”

  1. 1 Baekho January 6, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I think it’s unfortunate so many singers all over the world have to market themselves through their bodies in order to “make it”.

    Re: women in the Islamic world, I shouldn’t have to point out that the “Western world” often doesn’t follow its own ideals, either. Women are often paid less than men and discriminated against there, too. To me the Media focus shouldn’t be so much on “Islam and how it mistreats Women” but on how women are mistreated in general, across the board. Human rights issues have no distinctive religion or culture, since they come up all over the world without exception.

  2. 2 Paul January 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I agree with Baekho that the mistreatment of women is a cross cultural problem rather than localized in any religion, society, or culture. It’s more or less the scandal of our times.

  3. 3 Amina Ae Sook January 9, 2008 at 5:23 am

    Baekho, Paul: the “sexy singer phenomenon” seems to be becoming almost universal. šŸ˜¦ Both of you are correct, the West also shares many of these problems. I wanted to highlight this particular ruling as laws favoring women are not usually associated with Islam and Muslims. šŸ™‚

  4. 4 kimiam January 10, 2008 at 12:00 am

    sex sells. You wouldn’t know it by my spelling, but I studied journalism in college and one of the unfortunate things we learned was that the printing press was invented to make pornography more readily available to men.

    For women, it seems vicious gossip is a big seller. I hate this about the world. These things apparently cause your body to react chemically and are comparable to drug addiction.

  5. 5 Aafke January 10, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Women are ill-treated all over the world. And the fact that you won’t be able to atart a singing career if your not pretty and as sexy as possible is also global. It also means that we get presented by a lot of second-rate singers, because the good ones aren’t ”eye-candy” enough!
    We live in a man’s world, and men don’t seem to want much from women; only that they are sexy, available, and pretend that they are more stupid than men.

  6. 6 Amina Ae Sook January 27, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Everyone, sorry for getting back to everyone so late.

    kimiam, O cool an artist and a journalism major. You are right about that. Although the Bible was the first book printed in Europe (I say in Europe because Koreans invented printing hundreds of years before Gutenberg šŸ˜€ ), there was a flood of what we would call pornographic material afterwards. I guess this is the way the world is. Men seem to like this stuff and women seem to dwell of gossip. Reminds me of the following quote, “If this is the best of possible worlds then where are the others? I do think that this is the best of possible worlds.

    Aafke, That is a sad sad reality. šŸ˜¦ There does seem to be a dearth of good singers these days. Even the music itself is not that great. Hip hop has great music, great beats but lousy lyrics. Underground hip hop may be an exception.

  7. 7 Aafke January 27, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I was also talking of ”mainstream” music, if you keep your eyes (and ears) open, then there is a lot of good music around.
    I do love hip hop, and would love it more if there were better lyrics used.

  8. 8 Amina Ae Sook January 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Keeping one’s eyes open, I think that’s the key.

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