In a statement posted on the official website of the city government of Seoul, South Korea, pregnant women are advised not to overweight and take good care of their husbands.
We thought we had seen it all, but we still manage to be surprised (and not in a good way). In Seoul, South Korea, the government site had the wonderful idea of making some recommendations for pregnant women. Such sexist "advice" it sounds like a bad joke. Unfortunately, this is very real.
Spotted by the Guardian, these recommendations are intended to encourage pregnant women to continue to take care of their husbands and the household during their pregnancy … because obviously "The men of the house" do not know how to take care of themselves. Worse still, we advise them to prepare small dishes in advance for their husbands, at the approach of the term, since they "Are not used to cooking". So they will only have to warm them up when you are pushing a little being out of your body onto the delivery table. Moreover, they also have a little advice for the stay in the maternity ward: "Buy yourself a headband so that you don't look messy after giving birth". Thank you.
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"Avoid gaining too much weight"
This is (unfortunately) not all! These recommendations also aim to motivate pregnant women to " stay in shape ". Did you ask about grossophobia? Here are some: “Hang up the clothes you wore before your pregnancy in a place where they are easy to see, as this will motivate you to keep your weight under control and return to the same weight as before you gave birth. If you're tempted to overeat or skip your workout, take a look at the clothes. "
According to the South Korea's Yonhap news agency, these recommendations have even been validated by the South Korea's Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology. The equivalent of the CNGOF (National College of French Gynecologists and Obstetricians) in France. Yes, it's lunar.
It goes without saying that they have been heavily criticized on social media. So much so that the Seoul city government decided to remove them from the site. The Guardian recalls that this is not the first time that such sexist advice has been published by the government. In 2018, they were already advising teenage girls to "Focus on their appearance" and high school students "To concentrate on their financial capacities". We are still far from equality between men and women.