30 day rule dating
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Whatever your opinion is on this, the truth is, it’s still very much a societal norm that guys pay for 70~80% of the date. Men were always regarded as the better gender in Korea and perhaps this phenomenon is an extension of it, or perhaps it’s because simple economics (guys are more desperate? But don’t be shocked to see Korean guys getting the tab most of the time, or if your Korean girlfriend disappears to the bathroom when it comes time for the bill. The knife is there to kill yourself with if you are about to be “disgraced”. However, technically “disgraced” meant any man other than your husband touching you.
As a rule, a traditional Korean woman carried a small silver knife.
It’s interesting to watch American films emphasizing the 3-date-rule, because really? Of course, this is generalization and there are variations, but the main point is that although the ideology of sex is changing rapidly, mostly due to media, there’s still a stigma on girls having sex before marriage. The “proper” women must remain chaste, and the requirements of being chaste are utterly crazy.
As Askakorean blog concisely states, Women in Korea were clearly divided into two camps along the dichotomy, and it is a one-way street if they do cross the divide. Instead, Korean couples use kakaotalk messenger to keep each other updated non-stop. There’s always variations from couple to couple, but the fact that this list exists may come as a surprise.