Visit an American spa and you might expect to lounge in a plush robe, enjoy a soothing massage, and sip a glass of detoxifying cucumber water. Visit a Korean spa, on the other hand, and you can expect to plunge naked into a freezing-cold pool, catch a movie, take a nap in a salt cave, and dig into a platter of short ribs. No robes allowed. Korean spas are a growing trend in America, and they are modeled after the traditional Korean jimjilbang, or public bath. And while they certainly offer ample opportunities to relax—wet and dry Korean saunas, movie theaters, massage chairs—they also come with their own set of rules and expectations, some of which may feel unfamiliar to the average American spa-goer.
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What I Learned from Going Naked at a Korean Bathhouse- Naked at a Korean Batthhouse
A South Korean court has taken the rare step of jailing a woman for secretly photographing a male nude model, in a case that has sparked accusations of sexism and double standards. The year-old woman, identified only by her surname Ahn, was sentenced to 10 months in prison by the Seoul western district court and ordered to undergo 40 hours of counselling on sexual violence. South Korea is in the midst of an epidemic of spycam pornography , where victims are secretly filmed in places such as toilet stalls and changing rooms. A series of monthly protests in Seoul have drawn tens of thousands of people. The number of spycam crimes reported to police surged from around 1, in to more than 6, last year.
What Getting Naked In Front of Other Women At a Korean Bathhouse Taught Me About My Body
The first time I heard about a jjimjilbang , or Korean bathhouse, I couldn't help but be intrigued. Friends told me it was a relaxing type of spa where women experienced luxurious pools, saunas, and treatments — all while fully nude. Nudity had never been an issue for me until after childbirth , when a stretched abdomen and saggy breasts took up permanent residence on my body. I even tried to get a breast lift to reclaim my self-confidence, but the procedure left me with botched, scarred, and concave breasts, thus ending any desire I had to be naked in front of someone else.
A sexism row has erupted in South Korean after a woman was jailed for secretly photographing a nude male life-drawing model. The year-old woman, known by her surname Ahn, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 40 hours' sexual violence counselling by Seoul western district court, according to the news agency Agence France-Presse. From to , 98 per cent of offenders were men, while 84 per cent of the 26, victims were women. Women are increasingly speaking out against spycam crimes in South Korea, where tens of thousands of women attend monthly protests in Seoul calling for justice.