South Korean archer An San gets support after receiving sexist comments about her hairstyle
South Korean archer An San received a barrage of support from other women after male social media users targeted her with sexist comments about her hairstyle.
What Happened: Male commentators have allegedly labeled An San a feminist for her short hairstyle, some of them demanding that she apologize. Others said she should return the two gold medals she won at the Tokyo Games, AFP told Yahoo! Sports.
"We haven't trained you and fed you taxpayers' money so that you can commit feminist acts," one of the comments on Ans Instagram said.
Many women and well-known figures, including lawmaker actress Koo Hye-sun and South Korea's youngest MP, Ryu Ho-jeong, showed their support for An amid the wave of sexist comments she received.
"Even if you win an Olympic gold medal with your own abilities and skills, as long as sexism persists in our society, you will be insulted and asked to withdraw the medal just because you have short hair," Jang Hye-yeong, a female lawmaker said on social media.
In addition to positive messages, around 6,000 pictures of women with short hair were also put online.
Her trainer also prevented reporters from asking "unnecessary" questions after the elimination round for Thursday's women's individual tournament, Reuters reported. The athlete made it clear that she would only answer game-related questions.
Their online supporters posted at least 1,500 messages on the Korea Archery Association website.
The Growing Problem: South Korea faces an outbreak of online misogyny as the anti-feminism movement continues to grow.
Companies accused of supporting “extreme feminism” see boycotts of male customers forcing them to apologize publicly.
Dang Dang We, a men's rights group, held a discussion in September 2019 to express their concerns about feminism. Its leader Moon Sung-ho believes feminism is no longer about gender equality, CNN reported. "It's gender discrimination and its kind is violent and hateful," he said.
Further details: On Saturday, An won the gold medal in the mixed team with partner Kim Je-deok. On Sunday, she secured another gold medal at the women's archery team event with teammates Kang Chae-young and Jang Min-hee, ESPN reported. On Friday, she won her third gold medal in the women's individual competition, according to the New York Times.
An broke the shooting point record when she scored 680 out of 720 points for the women's individual qualification in archery. The recorded point, 673, was previously held by Ukrainian Lina Herasymenko at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
An is the first South Korean to win three gold medals at the Olympics, the Korea Herald reported.
Featured image via World Archery
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