I know, I am twice in one week posting something K-pop related, but The Grand Narrative’s James Turnbull has written an interesting piece for Haps on the emerging trend of sexuality in Korean girl groups which is well worth a read.

Though they don’t exactly dress like the girl next door, standard-bearers such as Girls Generation certainly sing like they are:

…for all the leg displayed in the MVs, the common theme of the lyrics is the submissiveness, timidity, innocence and/or virginity of the singers, overwhelmed by their strange new feelings for the male love interest.

Of course, most of the songs are written by men, but female lyricists like Kim Eana are shaking things up with more “controversial” themes. And then there is the video “Bloom” by Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-in.

Sporting blonde locks, two minutes into the video she suddenly appears in a tight red sweater, strongly resembling 1940s Hollywood actresses like Lana Turner—and just as sassy. Add leather hot pants, and you immediately sense something big is up. And, indeed, almost before you know it, she’s masturbating on her kitchen floor.

You can read the rest here.

On a side note, I am a fan of Hyun-a’s tattoo that reads: “My mother is the heart that keeps me alive.” That’s nice.