Senin, 20 Juni 2011

List of Korean Romantic Movies

I really like romantic-drama movies especially how Korean made it, most of those movies make me cried a lots and very touching. They are rich with fresh ideas of love story. Since i really like watch this genre some of my friends ask me to gives recommend about Korean movies. Because of that, i try to writing some title of movies. Top ten of this list is the most favorite movies for me but maybe not all of them you might be like it. Well, different people have different perspective about what they seen. So, enjoy ;)

1) A Moment to Remember (2005)

The first time i watch this movie when i am in senior high school. This movie give a deeply impression toward Korean movies from the very first time. The story about a couple striving to keep up their relationship against the struggle on the wife’s Alzheimer’s disease. the wife discovering her slow loss of memory increasing due to Alzheimer’s disease that she finally forgets everyone and everything. A love story of a devoted husband who stayed with her wife even when she was slowly forgetting that he happened in her life. Poignant, deeply moving, and I cried buckets of tears especially in scene of their family wants give back her memory in mini-market, but she does not sure who they are. I really captivating on that scene. ;)

2) My Sassy Girl (2001)

The movie, ‘My Sassy Girl’ is one of the most popular Korean movie which has also been made into an Hollywood movie (with same title). This movie also has a Bollywood version known as ‘Ugly Aur Pagli.’ It is probably a romantic comedy with some happy and sad moments flashing in the movie between. This movie’s soundtrack in Korean, ‘I Believe’ is a beautiful one which is quite popular. It is based on the true story told in a series of love letters written by Kim Ho-sik, a man who initially posted them on the Internet and later adapted them into a novel.
If you haven’t watch this, then you haven’t watch a really good romance movie. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite movies. Captivating, vibrant and worth watching. A perfect date movie. A girl who has some past love issues was saved by a cheerful young man when she almost get caught by a train. Fate played with them and the boy slowly became fond of her and decided that he would heal whatever that pain she has.

3) Il Mare (2000)

Sung-hyun, who just moved into ' Il mare ' receives a strange letter. The letter is from a young woman in the year 1999, two years from the present. Her predictions about the past are amazingly accurate. Her warning about a flurry of snow on a certain day in January of 1998 and the ensuing flu virus turns out to be true.
Eun-Joo is convinced that her letter has traveled back in time to December of 1997 and starts writing regularly to her newfound pen pal. A professional voice actor, Eun-joo asks Sung-Hyun to find her long lost cassette recorder at a train station. Sung-Hyun goes to the train station and gets a glimpse of Eun-Joo, who of course, has no idea who he is.
After he receives his father's last book from the future Sung-hyun belatedly realizes his father's love for him. He confesses his selfishness at his father's grave. Eun-Joo's old flame returns from the United States. But he's found himself a new love and is planning to marry her. Heartbroken, her only hope is that Sung-Hyun will stop her from letting Ji-hoon go in the first place. Faced with the prospect of losing Eun-joo whom he's grown to love, Sung-Hyun decides to make the ultimate sacrifice by stopping her from sending her boyfriend away.
Eun-Joo visits Sung-Hyun's school and is shocked to find out he died two years ago in a car crash. She realizes too late that she is in love with him too. He died on his way to stop Eun-Joo from letting her boyfriend leave to the U.S. Eun-Joo races against time to Il mare to warn Sung-Hyun.
Hollywood made a remake of this movie (The Lake house) even i watch Hollywood version first but still I prefer how Koreans did it. A man and a woman engaged in a romance as they exchange love letters and leaving it inside a mail box. Time element executed perfectly. Addictive love story. Deeply touching and moving.

4) Closer To Heaven (2009)

"Closer to Heaven" tells the love story between Jong-Woo (Kim Myung-Min) and Ji-Soo (Ha Ji-Won). Although Jong-Woo suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), he is still a bright and cheerful person. Ji-Soo works as a co-ordinator in a funeral home. She deals with death everyday and doesn't think twice about Jong-woo's disease. The couple then falls in love.

5) Daisy (2006)

This movies set in Netherlands, Ji Hyun played the role of a street painter that will become the love interest of a secret service agent and a professional hitman… Thrilling, lingering, and romantic elements were put in splendidly…the Amazing things about this movies is the perfect visual effect.

6) The Classic (2003)

A lovely love story. The film is about the love story of two generations between the mother and daughter. A young woman accidentally bumped on her mother’s love story and she got deeply engaged with it. The parallelism was well portrayed and so much love in the air. I really liked the ending of this movie. Very nice, enthralling, amazingly unsurpassed romance. I can’t find words to dislike this movie. So just watch it. ;)

7) Daddy Long Legs (2005)

Ha Ji Won played a role of radio scriptwriter who was always dreaming of meeting the guy who helped her pay her tuition in college. She accidentally bumped into emails that tells about a girl’s long time admiration over a guy. She finally had a chance to meet her daddy-long-legs and there she learned that it was his younger brother who asked him to do all the things for her. She also learned that it was her daddy-long -legs who wrote those emails, however he switched his gender when he was writing the emails. Daddy-long-legs lost all his memories including that of the girl’s because he was dying and he asked his brother to make the girl happy once he lost his memory. You’ll never get tired of watching it. Amazingly sweet and mesmerizing.

8) Millioner’s First Love (2006)

A guy (Hyun Bin) was a millionaire’s heir but in order for him to have his fortune, his dead granny forced him to finish High School in the province. There he discovered the past that he erased in his mind, and the truth that money can’t save the life of the girl he loves. Passionate and bewitching.

9) Sad Movie (2005)

As the title of movie, it is a Sad Movie rather than romantic movie. This movie focuses of four different relationship and the sadness, sorrows, pain and tears of each relationship. It is about a relationship of two lovers, two fiancés, a mother and a son and two unknown strangers who all are inter connected to each other. Well, at the end, all of their relationship has a sad ending. The plot lines eventually connect in some way, but they remain unrelated for the most part.
The first story tells of a firefighter and his girlfriend named Su-jeong who works in a TV station as a news translator for the mute. She's waiting for him to propose, focused on the rationale that given his dangerous job, she likes the idea of him having to think of her, to hesitate for a while before jumping into danger. He, on the other hand, is waiting for that perfect opportunity, setting and all, before popping the question.
The second story is about a deaf girl who works as a costume character in a theme park. There she meets a young artist who she begins to develop feelings for quickly; yet refuses to take off her mask in front of him for quite some time. There is scene when it was adapted into music video of “Seoul” tourism promotion by Super junior and SNSD.
The third story is of a mother and child. The mother was too busy to spend time with her young son, until an illness confines her to a hospital bed. There the mother and son begin to communicate more and more.
Lastly, the story of a boy and girl who have just broken up. The girl's reason being that she needs a more stable guy with a good job. The unemployed ex-boyfriend goes off and finds himself a job helping other couples break up. Hoping that if he earns enough money, he could woo his loved one back.

10) Heartbreak Library (2008)

I feel like this movie made special for me ;) That was because my favorite place is library but i recognize that this movies have fresh ideas about love story. Not really a romance movie for the lead actors. More of feeling the pain of someone who lost his love. A different kind of love story you should not fail to check out. Strikingly fresh and very charming. You wonder why sweet girls fall for bad guys. Well because the harder their front act is, the sweeter they can love.

11) Heaven’s Postman (2009)

A messenger that has the ability to travel between the present and the afterworld. Shin Jae Joon was involved in an accident that put him in a coma. Now, his spirit has the ability to travel back and forth to the afterworld and the real world. He meets Jo Ha Na as she is trying to send her boyfriend a letter. Ha Na, however, is the only person who can see Jae Joon.
Jae-jun (K-pop band TVXQ member Hero) delivers letters to heaven from those who can't get over the loss of their loved ones.One day Ha-na (Han Hyo-joo), who writes to her late boyfriend, discovers Jae-jun's secret identity. He offers her a part-time job assisting him, and they set off on a 14-day journey .

12) Madeleine (2003)

Ji-suk is a Korean Language & Literature major who dreams of becoming a writer. He starts delivering newspapers part-time. He goes to a hair salon to cut his long hair. A charming woman calls him by name. She is none other than Hee-jin, his junior high classmate. Dreaming of becoming a hair designer, Hee-jin is a senior hair designer at the salon despite her young age. Ji-suk is drawn to the dignified beauty. Hee-jin is also drawn to the untainted pureness of Ji-suk. Their paths cross by chance a few more times and the two grow closer. Finally, Hee-jin suggests a 'one month romance.' "Neither one of us can say 'Let's break up' before the month is up! After a month, we part ways grandly! What do you think? Fun, huh?" Ji-suk is caught off guard. Seeing this, Hee-jin smiles at him sweetly.
Ji-suk who ponders over everything seriously. Hee-jin who is filled with playfulness and is cheerful. They have 0% in common but together, they learn of a new world unfamiliar to them. Their romance is more splendid than they expected. But one day, Ji-suk's first love, Sung-hae, shows up. Majoring in film, Sung-hae is the lead singer of a band and very cool. Hee-jin gets jealous over Sung-hae and starts to fight with Ji-suk. It is the first time they argue since their month of romance began. And to make things worse, Hee-jin is faced with an enormous decision.
This movie is very realistic, strangely touching. The couple played their character so well. My favorite Shin Min Ah’s project. Emotion filled and absorbing.

13) Lover's Concerto

One day, Ji-hwan (Cha Tae-Hyun) begins to receive letters from an unidentified person. The letters, containing black-and-white photos of happy children playing, remind Ji-hwan of his old two friends.
Five years earlier, while Ji-hwan is taking pictures with his camera, two girls, Soo-in (Son Ye-Jin) and Gyung-hee (Lee Eun-Ji), walk into the frame. Ji-hwan falls in love with Soo-in at first sight. He then musters up enough courage to confess his love to her, but she refuses him very politely. Even so, Ji-hwan doesn't give up and tells them that he wants to be friends the next time they meet. Ever since then, the three of them start a wonderful friendship. They spend time each other always, and consider it the most precious moments of their lives. But they become confused between love and friendship and, finally, Gyung-hee and Soo-in leave him without a trace.
The random letters inspire Ji-hwan to depart anxiously on a long journey to find his old friends, but while looking for Soo-in and Gyung-hee, he confronts a beautiful yet sad secret.
Stellar acting, gorgeously written script and deeply immersing love story. Tied with friendship, secret love and almost love, this is a little charmer that will fill you up with rose petals.

14) My Girl and I (2005)

A heartwarming story about true love and happiness. The film starts in modern day Korea where a guy return to his hometown after ten years to attend a reunion with his high school friends. In his return, he also remembered the sad story of his one great love. Special and will crawl in your emotions.

15) My Girlfriend is An Agent (2007)

Secret agent Ahn Su-Ji (Kim Ha-Neul) works undercover as a bride-to-be real estate agent. Her real life boyfriend Jae-Joon (Kang Ji-Hwan) is completely distraught over Su-Ji’s frequent absences and even harder to believe excuses. Jae-Joon then decides to leave her and for that matter the country of Korea itself. He calls Su-Ji one last time at the airport Incheon International Airport, but unfortunately Su-Ji is unable to answer his call because she is working undercover to bust an international crime organization.
Three years later, with Jae-jun long gone, but not forgotten Su-ji works on a Russian mafia case involving biological weapons. During her undercover work, Su-Ji poses as a janitor and runs into Jae-Joon while cleaning the men’s restroom. Su-Ji completely loses her composure and attacks Jae-jun for leaving her and apparently lying about his whereabouts.
Meanwhile, Jae-Joon has his own secrets. Jae-Joon is also a secret agent, but works in a different department from Su-ji. When Jae-Joon left Korea three years ago, he was actually assigned to track the very same Russian organization that Su-Ji is currently working to bust.
Now that the former lovers have met again they resume their romantic relationship, while trying to keep their real identity unknown to the other person. They also have to stop the Russian mob from gaining a weapon of mass destruction .
Kim Ha Neul always bring something new from her sleeves. Sexy, charming and enjoyable to glued at. And Kang Ji Hwan, you are so hot, we really need to talk sometime.

16) 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant

After dumping her boyfriend just before their 100 day anniversary, she meets a college guy when she accidentally kicks a can that hits him in the face and caused him to scratch his Lexus. He demands she pay him $3000 on the spot and writes up a “Enslavement Agreement” for her in order to pay for the damage to his car. She got into a nightmarish slave life for 100 days, cleaning his house, running his errands, doing his homework and cleaning his car.
Upbeat, enchanting and one of my favorites.

17) My Boyfriend is Type B

Wacthing this movie make you wondering about your blood type. Nice girl meets a temperamental guy. Go figure what it would be like. Girls always fall for bad guys and you’ll know why. Lively, witty and mesmerizing. You wonder why sweet girls fall for bad guys. Well because the harder their front act is, the sweeter they can love.

18) Humming (2008)

This is good for those who are in current a long-running relationship. The lead actor was quite tired of the relationship with her gf. He was about to leave for Alaska to avoid her, but she met an accident and fell into a coma. He starts remembering the relationship he had with her. Will he discover the love he has never realized? Passionate, a bit tear jerker with a twist that you may or may not like.

19) Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do (2008)

An engaging, nostalgic and heart-tugging teen movie about a girl who fell in love with the guy who was first mean to him. They slowly began to fall in love, but a person from the girl’s past who is also connected to her boyfriend will force them to choose between love and friendship.

20) Windstruck (2004)

Ji-hyun Jun portrays the character Kyungjin, a police officer on her day off is forced back on duty when she is caught chasing down a bag-snatcher. The "bag-snatcher" turns out to be Myungwoo (Hyuk Jang, "Volcano High"), a passer-by who was trying to catch the actual criminal. With a twist of fate, the two are paired together after Myungwoo volunteers to be on patrol looking out for unruly students.
They said it was a sort of like the prequel to My Sassy Girl, but I say otherwise. Unconventional storyline, wondrous but will make you cry in the end.

21) My Tutor Friend Lesson II

Tells about a Japanese girl named Junko who falls in love with a student from Korea. In order to pursue his love then he followed college program in Korea. Since then, Junko lived in a rented house. Then met with Jong Man or Junk Man who is the son of the owner of the boardinghouse. Jong Man being forced by his father's teaching Korean language for Junko. This is where the story began between Junko and Junk Man. In the midst of searching her true love, Junko just find another man who turned out to be more loving.
I really liked how their relationship started from annoyance to be summed up in the love story of a cute and hilarious. I highly recommend this movie.

22) Hello School Girl (2006)

Yun-woo Kim works as a low level civil servant in a district office. Although he is thirty, he is still innocent for his age and has been on numerous unfruitful blind dates in search of a suitable wife. After moving to a new place, he runs runs into Soo-yong Han, a high school student who lives downstairs. Soo-young Han is a cheerful and eccentric eighteen-year-old who lives with her mother that acts like a princess.
Meanwhile, Sook Kang has just started to work at the district office straight after graduating from high school and falls head over heels for Ha-kyuing Kwon, a melancolic woman who always smokes in the same spot, becuase of her beautiful smile. Ha-kyung is still holding onto an old flame and keeps on looking for traces of that love every day. Sook Kang continues to keep wooing her, irregardless of her living in the past. Can their futures lead to a happy ending? Reminiscent of a May-December love affair.. extraordinarily sweet and arresting… plenty of love vibes and heart flutters…

23) Once Upon Time in High School (2001)

This movie is about a shy boy named Hyun Soo who transfers to an unruly boys school. When the incorrigible students aren’t fighting each other, they’re selling pornography, drinking at discos and extorting money from each other. It seems like the school is the training ground of future gangsters. The main character, Hyun Soo, is meek because of his violent father, but a series of events helps him come out of his shell.
One of the school’s kingpins is the ultra-cool bad boy Woo-Sik. Woo Sik is always kicking butts and no one messes with him. Woo-Sik takes Hyun Soo under his wing after Hyun Soo displays excellent skills on the basketball court. Despite their opposite personalities, the pair become good friends until a pretty and virtuous girl, Eun Joo, comes into the picture and inadvertently tears their relationship apart. Hyun Soo, who is painfully shy, harbors a secret crush on Eun-Joo, but it’s the aggresive Woo-Sik who wins her affection. Hyun Soo is inwardly devastated when he sees them together, so he decides to concentrate on mastering Jeet Kune Do, the martial art that Bruce Lee made famous.

24) My Little Bridge

An ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace was forced to marry a guy out of her grandfather’s wish. Her being young and the hidden marriage made this movie so charming. Dandy, cheerful, playful… will let you remember that feel you have on the first person you ever had a crush.

25) Unstoppable Marriage

Sweet and easygoing girl who grew up in a normal middle-class household with a strict and traditional father met willful plastic surgeon who was born into a wealthy family, and has the ego to match his income. Their two worlds collide quite literally when they meet through a paragliding accident. It’s a classic case of opposites attract as they fight, falter, and fall in love, but their incompatible families are determined to break them apart. Fancy and Fun.

26)Baby and I (2008)

Jang Geun Suk played the role of a young High School student from a well-off family who loves to brawl and a typical mischief maker. His mischievous life will stop when he got a surprise basket of a baby with a note suggesting that he’s the father. There goes his young father adventure trying to give the best for his son.

27) She’s on Duty (2005)

Gong Yoo and Kim Sun Ah were secret agents who played a role of High Schoolers for their police mission. Perky, funny and not tiring to watch. Great chemistry between the lead actors.

28) The Naked Kitchen

I’m really a fan of ideas that are beyond the box, so that’s maybe why I like this movie. A dangerous love triangle filled with excitement, addictive attachment and somewhat bliss… gripping and worth your time..

29) Now and Forever(2006)

A rich young man who can easily lure girls with his hand fell in love for the first time with a cheerful but dying woman. Min-su, a playboy who believes that there's no such thing as true love and it's all just a game, can't stand even a single relationship that continues on for long. However, fate leads him to a dazzling beauty, Hye-won, who had just escaped from an oppressive hospital. She makes a strong impression on him. Later, chased by a nurse, Hye-won sneaks into the men's room at the hospital and their second encounter takes place. Soon Min-su becomes totally captivated by this bold woman. At first Hye-won resists their love, fearing that losing her to her terminal illness will hurt Min-su too much. Quite typical, at times romantic, sweet but not falling apart.

30)The Beast and the Beauty (2005)

Enticing and pleasing… with a lead actor you can’t help but be fond of. Story about a not so handsome guy created a different look of him to her blind girlfriend, when the girl was able to see again, he will struggle to fight for his true love for her.

31) Finding Mr. Destiny (2010)

A woman named Seo Ji-Woo (Lim Soo-Jung) traveled to India and met her first true love Kim Jong-Ok. Since that time Ji-Woo can't forget her first love. She then turns to the company "Finding Your First True Love Company" to help track down Kim Jong-Ok.
Han Gi-Joon (Gong Yoo) started "Finding Your First True Love Company" and he takes on Seo Ji-Woo as the company's first client. The pair travel all over Korea to find Seo Ji-Woo's first love and & in the process Han Gi-Joon finds himself falling in love with his first client
Very nice, worth your rest day if you are going to watch it.. gives that first-love-why-can’t-i-forget-you and maybe-it’s-time-to-move-on vibe… simple and captivating…”The first love doesn’t necessarily mean the first person.”

32) My Mighty Princess (2008)

KANG So-hwi, a beautiful martial arts prodigy, is about to embark on a journey into adulthood. But her journey is like no other. Her super-human strength and martial arts prowess scares away her fellow undergrads and even the boy she has fallen for. Devastated, So-hwi decides to give up martial arts and takes a different path. Her father, a martial artist himself, is afraid of losing an heiress to the family’s martial artistry, and missions So-hwi’s old buddy Ilyoung to persuade her to stay in the field. Meanwhile, the evil Heuk-bong provokes a war to conquer the martial arts world with the legendary Fine Blade he stole in the past, killing every swordsman one after another. So-hwi’s father comes to a showdown with Heuk-bong, but the battle leaves him fatally injured. On the brink of her father’s death, So-hwi picks up a sword again with a burning desire for revenge.
Fun, exciting and entertaining. A quirky martial-arts-with-supernatural-spike-love-story that will capture you in so many ways.

33) Innocent Steps (2005)

Former acclaimed dancer Na Young-sae (Park Keon-Hyeong) attempts to make a comeback. Young-sae then brings to Korea Jang Chae-rin (Moon Geun-Young), an ethnic Korean from China who he presumes is a highly talented dancer. To Young-sae's surprise he soon learns Chae-rin is an inexperienced dancer and her older sister is the talented dancer. With only three months until the Dance Championship, Young-sae attempts to turn Chae-rin into a world-class dancer .

34) Lovers Vanished (2010)

Soo-In (Kim Nam-Gil) was a talented cook who became falsely accused of killing his wife and then received a life sentence in prison. While in prisonSoo-In hears that prisoners infected with AIDS can leave prison. Soo-In then injects himself with the blood of HIV positive inmate Sang-Byun (Jeong Yun-Min). Sang-Byun does make the request that if by chance Soo-In is able to escape from prison to visit the café named Luth. Soo-In manages to escape from prison.
Out of prison, Soo-In confronts the priest who had an affair with his wife. The priest confesses to the murder, but then takes his own life. Soo-In, having now lost all hope to clear his name and nowhere to go, decides to visit the cafe Sang-Byun requested.
When Soo-In arrives at the beach side cafe named Luth, he meets the proprietor Mi-ya (Woo Seul Hye Hwang). Mi-ya is a beautiful women, a magician, and also bears heavy mental scars from her past. Mi-ya eventually hires Soo-In as a cook. The two become closer & soon love blossoms-ya.One day Soo-In tells Mi-ya it was Sang-Byun who sent him there and this shocks Mi-ya.

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Sabtu, 18 Juni 2011

Mitos Kecantikan

Membaca judulnya saja—Perempuan dalam Serangan Kecantikan—kita sudah dapat mengetahui apa yang dikehendaki oleh sang penulis, Naomi Wolf. Mengawali tulisannya, Naomi Wolf menggambarkan keberhasilan gerakan feminisme pada awal 1970 meraih hak-hak hukum dan reproduksi, disamping mendapatkan pendidikan ke jenjang yang lebih tinggi. Akan tetapi, keberhasilan tersebut tidak diikuti dengan kebebasan kaum perempuan untuk merasa nyaman dengan tubuhnya, jujur dengan tubuhnya.
Di sini kaum perempuan masih terbelenggu dengan citra kecantikan. Pada bagian pertama buku ini, Naomi Wolf menjelaskan secara gamblang bagaimana mitos kecantikan digunakan sebagai senjata politik untuk menghambat kemajuan kaum perempuan, yang kemudian lebih sering disebut sebagai citra kecantikan perempuan. Di sini Wolf juga menjelaskan asal usul mitos kecantikan, yang telah ada sebelum Revolusi Industri yang sama tuanya dengan patriarkhi.

Bagian kedua buku ini berbicara banyak tentang pengalaman-pengalaman pekerja perempuan yang mengalami diskriminasi hanya karena persoalan kecantikan. Dengan menggunakan standarisasi yang disebut PBQ (A Professional Beauty Qualification/Kualifikasi Kecantikan Professional), perusahaan-perusahaan membuat seolah-olah tidak terjadi diskriminasi terhadap perempuan, dengan alasan bahwa PBQ merupakan syarat untuk melakukan kerja yang mereka inginkan. Oleh standar tersebut kaum perempuan dipaksa untuk selalu memikirkan kecantikan mereka—di luar standar tersebut tidak dikategorikan cantik.
Pada bagian ini Naomi Wolf juga memberikan kritik keras terhadap hukum yang berpihak pada PBQ. Dari beberapa kasus pemutusan hubungan kerja yang dialami oleh kaum perempuan, sebagian besar disebabkan oleh tidak terpenuhinya syarat-syarat kecantikan yang telah ditentukan oleh perusahaan. Perlawananpun dilakukan dengan membawa kasus-kasus ini ke meja hijau, tetapi kekalahan selalu menimpa kaum perempuan dengan alasan bahwa perempuanlah yang bersalah karena telah melanggar aturan-aturan yang telah ditetapkan oleh perusahaan tempat mereka bekerja. Pengadilan telah mengabaikan hak-hak perempuan pekerja atas nama kecantikan tubuh yang ‘sempurna’.

Pelecehan seksual terhadap perempuan di tempat kerja juga sering memanen kekalahan di meja hijau, karena paradigma hukum yang dipakai selama ini adalah paradigma hukum yang maskulin. Kecantikan atau seksualitas tubuh perempuan selalu dianggap sebagai provokasi terjadinya pelecehan seksual terhadap perempuan itu sendiri.

Selanjutnya Naomi Wolf bertutur tentang mitos kecantikan dalam ruang kebudayaan. Mitos kecantikan sangat lekat dengan kebudayaan. Perempuan selama ini selalu diposisikan sebagai makhuk yang dilihat dan dinilai oleh pria. Stereotip-stereotip (pencitraan) tentang perempuan diciptakan untuk semakin dekat dengan mitos kecantikan, sehingga perempuan hanya mempunyai dua pilihan: memiliki pikiran atau memiliki kecantikan. Mitos kecantikan bahkan mulai ditanamkan kepada perempuan sejak masih kecil, misalnya, dongeng-dongeng yang diciptakan sarat dengan maskulinitas atau machoisme.

Mitos kecantikan juga disisipkan lewat religiusitas. Tatanan masyarakat menggunakan religiusitas untuk mengontrol tubuh perempuan dan tidak mendukung keterlibatan perempuan dalam dunia publik yang sekular. Di samping itu bahasa-bahasa religius sering digunakan dalam buku-buku tentang diet dan perempuan.
Agama patriarkal telah berhasil mengontrol seksualitas kaum perempuan dengan berbagai macam mitos-mitos seputar seksualitas perempuan, seperti mengukuhkan pentingnya keperawanan bagi kaum perempuan, menyembunyikan/menghilangkan sumber kenikmatan seksual perempuan, misalnya sunat perempuan, sehingga kaum perempuan tidak bisa menikmati seks dengan sempurna. Seksualitas perempuan didefinisikan dan dikonstruksikan menjadi sesuatu yang negatif; moralitas pun kerap diukur dari tubuh dan seksualitas perempuan.

Mitos Kecantikan yang setiap hari disuguhkan kepada masyarakat, khususnya kaum perempuan, lewat berbagai macam media: iklan televisi, majalah-majalah kecantikan, tulisan-tulisan mengenai kecantikan perempuan yang diperkuat dengan budaya patriarkhi, menyebabkan kaum perempuan terjebak pada keinginan untuk selalu tampil cantik dan menjadi sangat memuja berat badan ideal. Begitu kuatnya keinginan tersebut hingga menyebabkan kaum perempuan, khususnya remaja, banyak menderita Bulimia dan Aneroxia.
Dari data yang dipaparkan Naomi Wolf, 95% penderita Bulimia dan Aneroxia adalah perempuan muda, dan Amerika menunjukkan angka tertinggi. Pemujaan terhadap berat badan membuat banyak kaum perempuan menyakiti diri mereka dengan melakukan diet ketat hingga membuat mereka fobia terhadap makanan.
Obsesi untuk selalu ingin cantik mendorong kaum perempuan merelakan tubuhnya terbaring di atas meja-meja operasi plastik dan bedah komestik serta membiarkan para dokter berkreasi atas tubuh mereka. Demi mendapatkan kecantikan itu, perempuan rela menderita lapar dan sakit yang kemudian dianggap sebagai pilihan bebas kaum perempuan. Serangan kecantikan yang bertubi-tubi terhadap kaum perempuan telah membiarkan kekerasan hak asasi terhadap tubuh perempuan.

Pada bagian akhir buku ini Naomi Wolf mengajak untuk menginterpretasi ulang tentang apa itu kecantikan, dan menjauhkannya dari persaingan, hirarki dan jauh dari kekerasan. Mitos kecantikan yang sejak lama membelenggu kaum perempuan menjadikan kaum perempuan tidak menghormati dirinya sendiri. Seksualitas yang seharusnya memberikan kenikmatan bagi perempuan terabaikan begitu saja.

Melampaui mitos kecantikan, tidak lalu mengabaikan kecantikan itu sendiri, tetapi bagaimana agar keluar dari mitos kecantikan yang telah dirancang sedemikian rupa. Itulah yang terpenting. Kaum perempuan didorong untuk lebih berani menentukan dan mengekspresikan seksualitasnya; untuk mencintai tubuhnya dengan melepaskan semua nilai-nilai atas tubuhnya. Naomi Wolf menegaskan, jika berhadapan dengan Mitos Kecantikan pertanyaan yang harus diajukan bukanlah tentang wajah dan tubuh perempuan, melainkan tentang relasi kekuasaan yang ada dalam situasi tersebut.

Kekhawatiran Naomi Wolf sangatlah wajar melihat gencarnya serangan kecantikan yang semakin memojokkan kaum perempuan dalam ruang publik dan politik. Setiap hari kaum perempuan diyakinkankan dengan mitos-mitos kecantikan yang semakin menjerumuskan kaum perempuan dalam jurang pemujaan terhadap kecantikan.

Jika kita mengamati remaja saat ini, sangat sedikit kita mendapati mereka terlibat dalam kegiatan-kegiatan sosial yang bisa memajukan pikiran mereka. Kita akan dengan mudah mendapatkan mereka di tempat-tempat kecantikan, di mall-mall, dan kecintaan mereka untuk membaca majalah-majalah maskulin dibandingkan membaca buku-buku pengetahuan umum.

Mengutip tulisan Naomi Wolf pada bab terakhir bukunya “Setelah melampaui mitos kecantikan, perempuan tetap akan disalahkan karena penampilan mereka. Perempuan akan disalahkan oleh siapa saja yang merasa perlu untuk menyalahkan mereka. Perempuan “cantik” tidak menang di atas mitos kecantikan”.

Rabu, 01 Juni 2011

“Myterious of Benedict Society”

On Last April, I made an appointment to meet my lovely friend, Tika. Actually the meeting was only to exchange our collections of Korean Pop or Korean Drama, because the two of us really know how to enjoy the Korean entertainment. So, we arranged the time. But all the sudden she gave me a present for my birthday, it was pretty late, coz my birthday was on March, that’s quite a long period but its fine ;P She gave me “Myterious of Benedict Society” by Treeton Lee Stewart. I really enjoy this book.

The story is about Reynie Muldoon. After Reynie Muldoon responds to an advertisement recruiting "gifted children looking for special opportunities," he finds himself in a world of mystery and adventure. The 11-year-old orphan is one of four children to complete a series of challenging and creative tasks, and he, Kate, Constance, and Sticky become the Mysterious Benedict Society. After being trained by Mr. Benedict and his assistants, the four travel to an isolated school where children are being trained by a criminal mastermind to participate in his schemes to take over the world. The young investigators need to use their special talents and abilities in order to discover Mr. Curtain's secrets, and their only chance to defeat him is through working together. Readers will challenge their own abilities as they work with the Society members to solve clues and put together the pieces of Mr. Curtain's plan.

It has been a while since I read this kind of books, lovely adventure and with unpredictable story. Because my study force me to reading political, law, or even sociology books, all of them are making me dizzy. And this present brings back my memory when I was still in junior high school. I was really crazy about Harry Potter Novel Series, which often gave me a day dreaming about how i could go to London, witnessing a King Cross Station. Who knows, that finally I could make myself go there.

P. S. 감사 Tika!