28 Feb South Korea says adultery is LEGAL
JUAN SAYS: We would like to believe that majority of us would agree that there is something very wrong with this, morally, spiritually, emotionally, among many other things. But hey, let’s play dumb and say that everything is on equal footing and let’s dissect this controversial move by South Korea to legalize adultery.
FIRST POINT: While we do agree that what goes on inside the household should stay within the household and that the state should not meddle in the affairs of the family (unless you are Kris Aquino na “wala ng itinira para sa sarili niya,” then by the virtue of how you expose yourself, you become the exception to the rule), what then becomes of marriage? What then becomes the point of getting married if the country states that it is OK to have a wife, and a girlfriend, and to go a little bit further, a boyfriend on the side? Eh di magpakabit-kabit ka na lang? Yun lang para kang aso.
SECOND POINT: The primary reason why the adultery law was passed in 1953 was to protect women. The idea was that men (who were at a more economical and social advantage over women) took advantage of women. But times have changed since then. Women are no longer at a disadvantage especially now that Korea’s President Park Geun-hye is in fact a woman. We praise the women of Korea and the women from all over the world for rising above the 1950s notion of just being confined to what did it say? Um… the roles you were born to fill. However, it is in our utmost belief that while there is already an equal stance between men and woman of this age, the issue of adultery is beyond economics and social standing. The issue of adultery transcends beyond gender as the cases in South Korea have proven where the husbands proven to have extramarital affairs are jailed and so are the women who are involved in these scrupulous relationships. If we pin it down to “c’mmon-now-while-we-are-at-that-brutal-honesty-road” adultery is about two things: sex and lies. The abolishment of this law has reduced human beings to these two things further saying that relationships are just that sex and lies. This has been proven by the rise in stock prices in condom companies in that country. There is no regard for feelings, for security, for the inner psyche that an adulterous relationship may do to a grieving spouse and to the children. We do not wish to romanticize this issue by saying that human beings need love, respect and trust to survive, a concept that seems to have been disregarded in the abolishment of the adultery law. Yes folks, you are a mere punching bag to say the least. And the lawmakers expect you to take the rolling punches at a stride.
THIRD POINT: Where are the women of South Korea? And how come we do not hear their voices in this issue? Have they become so passive that they do not react with indignation to the abolishment of the adultery law? Wala na ba talaga silang paki-alam? Which brings us to question the second point.
South Korea is a place with one of the highest levels of gender inequality in the world — rated 111 worst out of 135 nations, by the World Economic Forum. If you’re a working woman, South Korea is the worst developed country on the planet to live in, according to the Economist’s Glass-ceiling Index.
Electing a woman President is not the end-all and be-all of what it is to economically and socially free. It is a big leap though to bringing the gap between the social standing of men and women nearer. But it doesn’t stop there. The abolishment of the adultery law takes South Korea back to where it started, at the bottom of the pile. Besides, they should take a look at the our country just to prove this point. The Philippines had the first woman president, the symbol of tides turning then to a “better life” under a democratic rule. The Philippines had another woman President who sent the economy spiraling down due to numerous cases of plunder. Look at where we are now?