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Teenage Pregnancy in South Korea

April 11, 2013

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Ok, so this was a bit of a difficult topic for us to handle, because there’s so little to talk about. For starters, we’re not Korean teenaged girls. Kinda makes talking about it more difficult. Hell: we’re not even Korean! Also kind of an obstacle when it comes to talking about teenage pregnancy in South Korea. And, since Korean teenage pregnancy is SOOOOO low – just about one of the lowest in the world – what can we really say about it apart from talking about its lack? It’s a great thing, yes, that teenagers aren’t getting pregnant in Korea, but we’re not sure if the reasons for it is because of “wholesome” values, or for the purposes of saving themselves for marriage, or anything like that. Our guess as to why there’s so little teenaged pregnancy is because there’s so little opportunity for teenagers to have sexual relationships, primarily due to lack of free time and privacy. That’s our guess, at least. If anyone has any better ideas, please feel free to share them. We’re not fully convinced by our own explanation on the subject, love to see different standpoints on this topic.

Also, kind of like how we said that there’s very little crime in Korea, that’s not to say it doesn’t exist. Similarly, though there’s very little teenaged pregnancy in Korea compared to the US, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, either. It happens. And when it happens, from what we heard, it’s really quite difficult for the pregnant teenager. We spoke with Soo Zee about it, and she told us that there are centers for pregnant teenagers, because – in many situations – they’re kicked out of the house and aren’t offered any support from the family. We have no statistics on this, mind you, so we can’t say that ALL houses do this, but it happens enough to worth mentioning. There were also instances a few years ago in which pregnant teenagers were forced to drop out of high schools, which shocks us. Like we mentioned in our video, we had classes with pregnant girls in them, and they had a lot of support from the school, and we couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Side note: anyone see the movie Juno? You should see the South Korean version, “Jenny, Juno“, which was made long before the Ellen Page version :D

Back to the point, we’re only speaking here about the small glimpses that other people got from watching documentaries or reading the news on the matter. Our first-hand experience with the matter is non-existent, because teenage pregnancy in South Korea not that big of an issue. If you have more info on the matter, let us know in the comments, and maybe we can all together get a better understanding of what the situation’s like.

When we were planning for this TL;DR, we spoke with a few people about it, and the topic did generally turn to sexuality in Korea, which – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE DON’T ASK US! We know so little about it, and can only tell you stories that other people told us, and that’d just be odd. “So, I knew a girl that _____” That’d be an awkward TL;DR. But I know that some of you Nasties take your name to heart, and probably will ask about it. PLOT TWIST: JUNSU IS SECRETLY A NASTY AND POSTS ON THE SITE.

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  1. Me too, it makes me oddly sad and hopeful

    2 years ago
  2. As a Mexican in my 20s I dodged the teenage pregnancy thing. In past decades, until around the 80s it was still a very morally reprehensible thing to get pregnant in your teenage years… BUT only if you stayed single. A lot of marriages that produced my generation were what my family calls “engagement baby” marriages.

    In Mexico to get married you have to go the civil registry and before you get to sign your marriage certificate, you have to take a couple of talks, they cover contraception, and other things. In my brother’s first talk (he’s 30, has been married for about 3 years) they asked the couples to say why they were getting “legally” married. There were a couple of older couples who had been living together, had kids and everything but were not legally married. But among the younger than 30, everybody, EXCEPT by brother and sister in law, was getting married because they had gotten pregnant.

    Abortion has become legal in Mexico City, but as far as I know, that’s the only place. Everywhere else it has to pose a risk to the mother’s health as in could kill her or have major birth defects. If you are sexually assaulted and get pregnant, you can’t have an abortion. I mention this because there has been a couple of very loud scandals about minors getting sexually abused and getting pregnant as a result of the abuse who had to embark in legal battles to interrupt the pregnancies, some of this girls being as young as 12-14.

    I have friends form high school who got pregnant as teens and now have 2-3 kids, we are 27. We have grown so used to the idea that you look only with a little bit of sadness to the teen couple with a baby, teen mothers are often left alone, teen fathers often go have more children with other teens.

    2 years ago
  3. Koreans’ sense of honor and shame is also much different from westerners’. The family is so important and in Korea the family is one unit; whatever happens to one family member happens to the entire family, too. Any shame a teenage pregnancy would bring to the girl, it would also be felt just as much, if not more by her family members and she would never be able to remove the stain from her and her family’s reputations. So the pressure to stay clean and pure in their eyes is heavy. Even unmarried adult women in their late 20s get scolded by their parents and pressured to have abortions for the shame having a baby out of wedlock would bring.

    4 years ago
  4. yeah. That would be so awesome. Wouldn’t it be great that EYK was mentioned/talked/shown on a TV show?!

    4 years ago
  5. can u tell us abt the haunted room in ur studio??

    4 years ago
  6. Having lived in both a major US city and a Korean city, I have to say that Korean cities seem much less stressful in my experience. To Koreans, they know all the problems with Korea cities and they are surprised that foreigners express as sense of safety in Korea. In some neighborhoods in my city there are shootings and other forms of violence regularly, the one I lived in had a drug bust that resulted in a shooting the first week I moved in! If you walk anywhere alone in the city I lived in after dark you have to be constantly aware of your surroundings and prepared to defend yourself or run from danger. I know that foreigners may idealize Korea, but you have to understand what they’re comparing it to. However, there is a lot of domestic violence in Korea, which I think is not reported. :/

    Someone mentioned Itaewon being a safe place for foreigners… I have heard foreigners say that Itaewon is the place is Korea they fell the least safe! Which is interesting!

    4 years ago
  7. Wait, the teachers told the kid to not use protection or told the teacher to not bother talking with the kid?
    Either way, I’m sorry for whoever had teachers from the US that are like that. It is completely opposite from every teacher I have ever had. My teachers always would say you shouldn’t have sex until you are married, but if you are having sex be smart and use protection.

    4 years ago
  8. Jenny, Juno is on netflix

    4 years ago
  9. Great video! I’d also like to add another oberservation of mines. Ii believe status plays a role in the south korean society and so if a teenage korean were pregnant and the parents as well as others find out, then this will bring down the status level of the teenage girl and her family.

    4 years ago
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    4 years ago
  11. Thanks Simon and Martina. I just spent my evening watching Jenny, Juno instead of doing my homework. >.<

    4 years ago
  12. oh, I see. Yeah I was wondering about this question because although I guess you can find about Sasaengs online, but I was wondering more about what the korean general public thinks of Sasaengs/or if they really care, because tbh there’s really not a lot about that. But thanks anyway! :)

    4 years ago
  13. Hi guys, this might not be the most exciting question ever but here it is. Seoul is one of the world most expensive city in the world to live in! How can middle class people survive on a daily basis in that metropolis? Are living condition of middle class people ok? I know it is a very large topic, but I would like to know more since you always say that street food is so affordable… is it really affordable for an average Korean?

    4 years ago
  14. How about Haeshindang Park aka the Penis Park? Eh, eh?

    4 years ago
  15. I’ve seen “Jenny, Juno.” I liked it even more than “Juno.” It doesn’t have the witty dialogue that everyone either loved or hated in “Juno,” but the love was much sweeter and pure. It used to be available online at Netflix, but now I think you can only order it on disk, at least for now.

    4 years ago
  16. Ren

    Isn’t child prostitution an issue in Korea? I think it was a huge deal a few years back. If I remember correctly.

    4 years ago
  17. MG

    I think poverty and lack of education and birth control play a big role in Teen pregnancies. where I lived In Vieques PR was one of the worst districts in Puerto Rico for teen pregnancy. Vieques is also one of the poorest districts in Puerto Rico And Puerto Rico has a higher teenage pregnancy then the U.S. And since it’s a tiny Island outside of the mainland there isn’t much for teenagers to do with there time. Also majority of people are Catholics so birth control isn’t something that’s taught as much as it should be. It seem to me Parents and the the church want to teach there kids abstinence but the media, TV and the music industries are teaching them something different. What ever the reasons it’s definitely a big problem in my country. I wish we knew the magical formula on what’s working for South Korea so we could make it work here. Thank you S&M for touching on this subject.

    4 years ago
  18. That would be AWSOME if Junsu was secretly a Nasty that posted on the site!! O.O I wonder…..

    4 years ago
  19. Well, I went to a Catholic all-girls high school in NY and I think there was one teen pregnancy when I was there. I wasn’t sure what happened to that girl because she disappeared for most of my senior year, but then when graduation rehearsal came around she was noticeably pregnant. I’m not sure how the girl was able to graduate because she wasn’t even a good student, but I think she did like some kind of home school thing so she could at least complete her final year of high school.

    4 years ago
  20. We want proof that Junsu is a nasty!

    4 years ago
  21. TL;DR Question–Since you spend a lot of time discussing current Korean music, trends, events–could you tell us about some awesome old school Korean songs, traditions, rituals(folk/history-type things) that everyone still does? How do the old folks get down in Korea? Thanks!

    4 years ago
  22. I think it’s better that the rate, for teenage pregnancy in South Korea, is low. That’s how it actually should be(it sets a good example). In highschool/college you barely have time to study (and prepare for the future) not to mention taking care of a kid. People have plenty of time afterwards to procreate. First you decide your way in life and find the financial material to support yourself (cause you can’t live off your parents’ “back” all your life) and then you can think about having children (wether you have enough money to assure the child a life and a proper growth and so on…)

    I was expecting to hear your oppinion on the matter in your blog post…

    ♥♥♥♥

    4 years ago
    • Well… even if they did had more time I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t due to their values teaching system….and that’s how the Asian education works in general. There is a lot of competition and some parents like the Western kind won’t be satisfied with passing grades… not to mention jobs…there’s probably a lot of competition on those as well…

      I think this topic should be more brought up in schools . I’ve seen far too many teenage girls on the streets not being able to support their kid, they drop out of school obviously, so they’d start to work but don’t have the skills for it, and end up living a life of misery…well that would be different if the parents are rich and don’t mind the whole situation…

      Yeah you need a certain maturity when the time comes…

      4 years ago
      • Yes I know… there is need of a balance… but don’t know if things would change in this life
        “you can indeed succeed even without a university degree.” I don’t know about that…

        4 years ago
        • I was speaking in general :)) those are fortunate cases…about the money part…there are some countries (Romania) where there isn’t a balance between salaries and market prices or services… if you want to live a life where you don’t pay almost all your salary for taxes and house expenses you need a better salary… just speaking from personal experience…

          4 years ago
  23. oh man, I thought Juno was a horrible movie, but now I want to see the korean take on it xD

    4 years ago
  24. How do you learn to speak Korean? Does the Canadian Embassy offer Korean language courses? Do you take private courses or just study by yourself? I can only imagine how it is to not speak the language in a foreign country.

    4 years ago
  25. DON’T HAVE SEX CAUSE YOU WILL GET PREGNANT AND DIE

    4 years ago
  26. Oh my Gawd what? Why Kenyan? I’m Kenyan and i’m confused.

    4 years ago
  27. Wan

    Sex-ed was always weird. In my midwest American high school, I had sex ed classes starting in fifth grade. But I was so oblivious, and it took me until two years later to figure out what sex actually was, when I stumbled upon an explicit scene in a book. Now, looking back, it should’ve been obvious, haha! My Chinese parents avoided the subject at all costs.

    4 years ago
  28. I spent most of my high school years at a school in a kind of…not bad, but not so financially well off neighborhood in northern California. And I never saw a single pregnant teenager. I heard there was one who did independent study through our school, but I never actually saw her or any other girls on campus (or even just in the city in general) who were pregnant.
    Although I think my school probably had more gay kids than your average high school. I was literally the only person in my group of friends who wasn’t gay/les/bi.

    4 years ago
  29. Wan

    I live in Ohio, in a high-middle class suburb. I knew one girl who got pregnant at 14, and three at 18. There was another girl in my school who pretended to be pregnant to get attention – and then tried getting out of it by saying she had a miscarriage because her sister punched her in the stomach. Yeah, right. Pregnancy is highly frowned upon here, but I personally knew many girls who were sexually active in middle school. I’m Chinese-American, and my mom always looks shocked everytime she hears about this kind of thing. I guess I’ve gotten used to it!

    4 years ago
  30. Where i come from and i went to a girls school for about 10 years i never once saw a teen pregnancy even when i transferred to another high school and i graduated a few months ago. There was no such thing. Its generally looked down upon maybe you could say the middle class/upper class are more “understanding” i guess but forget about going to school as far as i know that will not work. You can even hear cases about someone being kicked out of their house. If there is ever a taboo in Kenya, its that.

    4 years ago
  31. Ohhh love the new design ending!

    For my experience in highschool: There was a school in the area that forced teenaged pregnant girls out of school, so it does happen in Canada as well. Then those girls would end up transferring to my highschool. My school was very excepting of it and we even had a daycare set up on campus for the girls to use.

    Otherwise, great job handling a difficult topic!

    4 years ago
  32. Interesting ! I feel that in Canada we tend to have a bad image of teenage pregnancy. Not bad in the sense of kicking them out of school, but in the sense of thinking “poor girl, she just screwed up her life”. I spent a long time in Japan and was surprised to see many young – very very young – mothers, and I talked about this to a Japanese friend. He told me that in Japan there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a baby at a young age, and that nobody would pity the girl for this. I don’t know if it was only his opinion, but I found this quite interesting. I was wondering if it was the same in Korea.

    4 years ago
  33. I’m super curious about this, are there any prostitutes in Korea?

    4 years ago
  34. best game ever ^^. Who is he/she ?

    4 years ago
  35. ok can you have a another thing about north korea my kid lives in japan and he scared so you must have new ideas

    4 years ago
  36. By the way, if you are lookng for t-shirt ideas, I think that a square of the TL;DR opening text would make a great shirt. If someone knows what it means, it’s cool, if not, it’s still safe for work and looks neat and you can feel superior in your nastiness wearing it. ;)

    4 years ago
  37. I don’t know about teen pregnancies in particular but being an unwed mother in Korea is not acceptable. That is why I and tens of thousands of others were abandoned/given up for adoption. There are several offices throughout Korea, last summer I visited the one in Gangnam. Not only do they have the babies reception home but also a home for the young mothers, who would otherwise may have to live on the street.

    A 2008 survey showed that unwed mothers are the second most discriminated group in Korea after LGBT-individuals. They also get less child support from the government than women who have a husband.

    Here are two articles about the subject:

    http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20091113000068

    http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111123000239

    4 years ago
  38. I also find this subject very interesting. And as a european nasty(swedish, to be exact) I can also compare to how it is here. As far as I can remember from school there was only a few cases of pregnancies. Also in school we got to know how our bodies worked in 5th grade, when we were 11. You know all about having your…time of the month *cough cough* n why you have that.

    So I guess my point is the different cultures are very interesting, expecially comparing them. I’m not sure if the all over look at sexuality in the different areas also has to do with it. But this definately made me wanna do more research ^^

    4 years ago
  39. I kept getting distracted by you guys saying “teenaged pregnancy” instead of “teenage pregnancy” which is how we say it in Britain :’) Ahhh, canadianisms

    4 years ago
  40. I appreciated the 1984 reference. :D

    4 years ago
  41. Nice comparison of the female reproductive to the Dodge Ram. But I have seen a better one. There is a comparison picture or the female reproductive to the Satanic Ram’s head. I think it better describes women, especially at their time of the month~…

    4 years ago
  42. Haven’t heard alot about teenage pregnancies in Korea either…
    HOWEVER! I have heard about teenage abortion though, they seem to certainly be more common… Can’t help but to think that these things are connected… I’m just saying…

    Also, I’d say the frequency of love motels and DVD bangs makes it easier. As soon as you “get enthused” so to speak, heck you don’t even need to go home, you’ll have like 10 viable options within a 2 minute walk…

    4 years ago
  43. Simon! Can you please do a hair tutorial one day? or maybe leave your hair down in a WANK hahaha

    4 years ago
  44. If you like British shows as well, you should then watch “Gavin & Stacey” – hilarious and nasty (in a good way)….there is the occasional random robot dancing….

    4 years ago
  45. As crazy as it sounds, teens in Korea may not have the knowledge of what to do when it comes to sex. I know that China is not Korea but sometimes social issues aren’t easy to see unless you’re on the ground and in the middle of it. When I was in Shanghai in 2005, it seemed to be a big problem getting children, teens, even youth in their 20s to use the public washrooms properly. Not because they were vandalizing or making messes on purpose, but because the kids were either a) from so poor of a place they had never seen a toilet before and were too embarrassed to ask or b)from such a rich one child only family that they had super special toilets that looked nothing like the public ones and also too embarrassed to ask. There is no one in between these two extremes in China. So, it could be similar in Korea with respect to sex vs. potty training.

    Also, those statistics may be warped by the fact that no teen would probably admit to being pregnant. Likely these girls are shipped off to a relative in the country (or the abortion clinic wherever that magical plastic surgery eye clinic is) until the situation has resolved itself, they wouldn’t be allowed to go to school so you wouldn’t see them.

    Cyber_3 – imagining the questions for the Korean version of “Sex with Sue” LOL!

    4 years ago
  46. omg… the comments here, elizabeth mefford, not junsu, elizabeth rocher and the others ~ lol, I had a lot of fun…

    4 years ago
  47. Ive always found it interesting that K-dramas seem to be so anti-sex/almost no sexual tension outside occasional comedy when it features characters below the age of 30… but characters over the age of 30 are often allowed to have sexual tension and that sort of story (with some even hinting at them spending the night together and stuff) and if they get married – Ive seen a few occasions where it is suddenly like… WOAH SEX EVERYWHERE! (but obviously without showing anything)

    4 years ago
    • whoa whoa whoa! I disagree… I think Kdramas have TONS of sexual tension… they just show very little sex related stuff. I actually think the showing of less makes it MORE sexy… you know? Like when I see sex scenes in Hollywood I’m like whatever… but when I see a couple hold hands or awkward kiss in a kdrama it’s much more exciting. well I don’t know if exciting is the right word.. I mean.. not THAT way… urrm

      4 years ago
      • Yeh – on second thought I think you are right. There is often tonnes of proper sexual tension… and I get what you mean by exciting – oooo, you so nasty ;)

        I think I meant more sex outright references/actions (eg talking about it, getting close to it, actually spending time on a bed together) that generally only occur with characters over the age of 30/maybe late 20s (probably cos at that age they are expected to be married/get married soon). I’m thinking of something like heartstrings (early 20s) compared with the greatest love or secret garden (over 30s) – but feel free to disagree :)

        4 years ago
        • ok, now we agree. :) I noticed that too… say Lie to Me…. whoa whoa… plenty going on there 감사합니다 강 지 환 whereas shows about younger people have more of the “oh my god are we gunna kiss?” freeze scenes.

          4 years ago
  48. Can you guys tell us the name of the documentary that Soo Zee mentioned? I would like to find it and watch it.

    4 years ago
  49. WHY YOU DISCUSS GUNS IN KOREA IS LEGAL

    4 years ago
  50. the sex scandal in korea what i mean thaT CELEBRITY HAVING SEX FOR CAREER BEING IDOL I LIKE THAT THIS TWO GUYS TALK ABOUT

    4 years ago
  51. dot

    haha actually I do. ^^

    4 years ago
    • dot

      there’s not many videos yet, but on blog there’s more – solleim team. :)

      4 years ago
      • I KNOW YOU! I like you on facebook ;P

        4 years ago
      • You are in Poland! Awesome! I’m Polish :)

        4 years ago
        • Yeah it was supposed to be a joke of sorts…… I guess just to recognize that you have something in common with Simon that few people have

          4 years ago
  52. Is it me or does it seem like the average age at which Koreans lose their virginity is much later than in North America? It seems with all the awkwardness, concern over skinship and the total lack of privacy that it is happening much later – and from the outside it looks like more people save themselves for marriage (not saying it is good or bad, just different). Am I off base? Is there decent access to birth control? If so, what kinds? Also, seems like vibrators would sell like hotcakes in that environment.

    4 years ago
    • Statistics say that Korean men don’t want to bother about safety (cuz it’s none of their concerns..) and don’t use condoms. Also there’s a general sentiment that taking pills is not good for your body so girls also don’t take oral pills. This was about 10 years ago and I think now young people talk about safe sex and stuff like that. About virginity, I think teenagers still think that losing it before 20 is pretty scandalous, as if it means throwing your future away. But after 20… the change of mind is very abrupt from what I hear but still is hard to believe cuz nobody talks about it.. I think it goes with “Just wait till I go to college” thing.

      4 years ago
  53. Agreed!

    4 years ago
  54. i hope there is linda lovelace ver in korea

    4 years ago
  55. I didn’t even go to UofT but I’ve been to Robarts Library…with my best friend to study…and even I have to say that maybe you went to the wrong floor for that first date with Martina? j/k ;)

    4 years ago
  56. They did a TL;DR about North Korea a few weeks ago. That might answer your question!

    4 years ago
  57. I watched a kdrama last year that centered around a teenage pregnancy. It was called Little Mom Scandal. I enjoyed it.

    4 years ago
  58. from an asian standpoint there’s actually A LOOOOT of boom-boom-jiggity-jiggity going around in korea and in schools as well. The reason people don’t like talking about it is bcuz yes, it’s taboo and u will get frowned upon amongst family (and possibly friends as well)? i do hear about this sometimes; when korean teens find out their pregnant, some will commit suicide and some will abandon their baby and run off somewhere. =( it’s pretty sad and the korean media never talks about these kinds of issues

    4 years ago
  59. There’s actually a korean drama all about teenage pregnancy and sexuality. I can’t remember what its called…but if you want me to find out I’ll be more than happy too ! I think its drama fever though :)
    Oh and about the lack of sensuality in dramas: I’ve recently noticed a sharp increase in the topic. A few years ago it would take like 16 episodes for the leads to even do the “no lips move kiss” but now we have dramas such as I do I do where in the very first episodes the two leads find themselves in bed together. Its even talked about more on variety shows ! like in Hwashin (yes the episode with g-dragon) they talked about reasons why couples break up, and someone suggested because of a lack of “connection” *hint hint wink wink*

    4 years ago
    • Oh please please can you find that drama that you’re talking about?!?!?!?

      4 years ago
    • That episode of Hwashin is hilarious. And when the topic of ‘special connection’ was brought up everybody just went silent. I laughed so hard when the camera zoomed in on G-Dragon and Daesung and they both had a look on their faces like ‘I am SO not going to open my mouth on this one’. You could feel the awkwardness through the screen. I get the feeling that they are slowly starting to become more relaxed about the topic over time, but it is still pretty awkward for most people.

      4 years ago
      • LOL I was so waiting to here g and d’s response, but they were so straight face the entire time, you could practically seem the sweat dripping down their necks from nerves !! lol

        4 years ago
        • I am sure they couldn’t say anything even if they wanted to because it might cause a scandal for them. But it also reminded me of a show that Seungri was on in a car ride, he called all of his hyungs, and GD commented that they always worried about him because they never knew what he would say. So during that awkward silence i kept wondering if GD was relieved he was with Daesung and not Seungri, because Seungri probably would have ‘done something worrisome’. I definitely need to go back and re-watch both of those videos.

          4 years ago
    • Perhaps the drama you’re thinking of is “Little Mom Scandal” starring Hwang Jung Eum. It’s on Drama Fever.

      4 years ago
  60. Doesn’t it also have to do with the “perception” of love teenagers (and even college students sometimes) have about love and relationships between men and women? You know, when even holding hands or a kiss on the cheek is a biiiiig gesture and it takes a lot of time to get there (not to mention the whole giving a letter to the one you love – aka confessing – being a huge deal)…so that may also play a huge influence on the lack of teenage pregnancies or teenage sex, in general.

    4 years ago
  61. I seriously had to check on teenage pregnancy in my own country after watching this. and apparently we’re on the bottom closer to korea and Japan, with approx a little above 6 pregnancies á 1000 teens. This kind of makes it interesting, as I’d say as we do get sex education through junior high, but not upper secondary (college). Also, there is a pretty big social help you could get for being an early mom, but my guess is because education is free (paid by taxes), most students stil feel like you a, either concentrate on your working career, b, really don’t want a child early and c, are very good at using none-pregnancy tools.

    Then again, our trend has been lately to get older and older first time mothers. My cousin, who was 24 when her first child was born, is considered quite young. Most mothers today wait until their early 30’s.

    4 years ago
  62. I guess it happens everywhere. During high school I didn’t know anyone who was pregnant, or if they were, they would just disappear. I know a few who got pregnant after they left high school, but not during. My school was pretty strict, though. Then again, I do live in Northern Ireland… which is where Game of Thrones is filmed! N.Ireland represeeent~! *woop*

    4 years ago
  63. Dodge… can’t be unseen.

    4 years ago
  64. On a (sort of) related note… i know you mentioned briefly about women smoking (or NOT) in Korea, I was wondering about said substances in general– smoking, drinking, drugs. From my understanding drinking is pretty much considered a-ok socially. How is smoking viewed? Do a lot of people smoke? Is it allowed inside restaurants etc? And what about drugs. It’s my (very) basic understanding that that’s a big no-no– atleast from a Kpop standpoint. or atleast the image of no drugs? What about regular people— is it very common?

    4 years ago
  65. Thanks for these awesome videos! So, I have a question for TLDR.

    Question: We’ve been getting a lot of serious questions lately, but I’ve been wondering about something kind of random and not at all serious, which I hope you answer. What are some trends and/or products from western culture that you have noticed gaining popularity in South Korea? Have you ever been surprised by the popularity or any crazy fads there? Thanks!

    4 years ago
  66. When i was in school people were having lots of sex. They were having sex in school because they couldn’t at home. under stairwells and bleachers, in closets and storage rooms, locker rooms, even outside like behind a tree. Miraculously these people never were caught by teachers. And not just in high school, tons of kids were getting it on in middle school. Like 75% who got pregnant were ones who purposely wanted to be teen moms (as told to me by themselves). I don’t have hate for teen parents, a lot of my friends were teen parents and are now graduating college this year.

    4 years ago
    • I went to Catholic school in New England in the U.S. Needless to say, no pregnant people walking around there… but my sister went to public school and I don’t think she knew anyone who got pregnant in highschool either?? I’ll have to ask her.

      4 years ago
  67. well… this reminded me of how i had to make a informational video about puberty for my biology class (DAMN YOU MR. HAGAR)… it was torture, i tell you… torture…

    4 years ago
  68. Whaaa, I own a Dodge. Never again lol, THANKS Simon. Teehee

    4 years ago
  69. Loved this one guys, great work as always! I have a friend in highschool in Korea, and she really did tell me they didn’t even have a chance to meet guys, let alone date them.
    Also, could you talk about how it was to adapt to food in Korea? I remember reading that Jay Park wasn’t able to eat korean food, and my friend also tells me that she is worried that when I go to visit her, it will happen to me too.
    P.S.: How’s the situation there? The news keep saying that foreigners are leaving Korea because of the war threat.

    4 years ago
  70. Question: I feel like now is the appropriate time to ask this, was I the only one who was made to put a condom on a rounders bat for sex ed? I wanna know if its happened before.
    Also, great episode today! Coming from the UK, we see some teenage pregnancy put not a crazy amount. In 6 years, I think only two girls in my school have been pregnant and I think one of them was the out come, unfortunately of rape, so… I don’t know. Maybe I live in a nice area? Because you always hear on the news over here that the rate of teenage pregnancy is increasing and I really can’t see it. It’s nice to see the contrast of, at least some, the reasons why Korea has a low teenage Pregnancy.

    4 years ago
    • I don’t even know what a rounders bat is… I went to Catholic school (U.S.) and our school nurse taught us sex ed by drawing “Sammy the Sperm” (complete with baseball cap) and “Edna the Egg” (I don’t remember what accessory she could have possibly had) on the blackboard. Then they scared us with pictures of STDs. And a deacon came in to tell us how Catholics aren’t supposed to have sex before marriage. But they still taught us about protection and such anyways.

      4 years ago
      • and what is said bat for, pray tell? ㅋㅋㅋ Besides condom application practice, that is…

        4 years ago
    • It was a little different for me, the class I was in had to use bananas. AWKWARD, but I will say this. I am glad they had the classes because it made us more aware. There is always the argument that since we have the classes that we are all just go out and have sex and get preggers, but seriously it wasn’t that bad. There were, like you, only a few girls in my high school who were pregnant. I think after everyone saw the pictures and descriptions of all the diseases a person could get, it kinda made everyone cold for the chance to ‘get jiggy with it’. LOL

      4 years ago
  71. Oh yes, Junsu definitely is one of the Nasties here. I’m sure he is an Ultra Mega Nasty!

    4 years ago
  72. Wow, I can’t remember a single pregnancy at my high school (midwest US). I always find shows about high school students where someone is inevitably pregnant rather unbelievable, but from hearing your comments and reading the ones posted here, it sounds like I was either from an unusual high school, or just oblivious. Probably the latter.

    4 years ago
  73. That is really sad, but I hope that he finds a loving home.

    4 years ago
  74. In my high school, almost a third of the Freshman girls came into high school pregnant, when I was a Senior (which was only two years ago). Meaning that they were 13 or so when they got pregnant originally. Yeah, there’s a LOT of free time in North America.

    I guess they don’t really talk about sex either in South Korea? That would also imply that bringing it up even if you DID have a boyfriend/girlfriend might be awkward cause of social stoof. I kind of wish it was like that in North America – so much of high school revolves around sex and dating and who got who pregnant it feels like.

    4 years ago
  75. Ian

    Haha, Pickering Represent! Yeah, St. Mary’s was infamous for pregnancies. Surprisingly being a Catholic school… Dunbarton, however was nothing like that to my knowledge. Very interesting TL;DR, guys! :D

    4 years ago
  76. I guess, in general, my stance on teenage pregnancy is…well nothing exact. I don’t look down on girls who had kids young at all. My parents were young when my eldest sibling was born. Both sets of grandparents were young when they started having kids. I know plenty of girls who are my age who now have kids of their own at 20/21. I’m surrounded by it and, in a way, only really exist because of it. I, personally, am in no way confident I could be a mother at this point in my life, but teens who get pregnant and are able to make the right decisions for that child and make things work, I admire them.

    In all honesty, I’m not shocked at all that the rates of teen pregnancy in South Korea are so low. From what I’ve noticed they’re much more conservative with such things. While here in the US discussions about sex and all that really aren’t hidden. I’ve had class discussions about sex during classes that weren’t even health or sex ed. or religion.

    4 years ago
    • Lol, so your high school was more the stereotypical Catholic school? I went to a private Catholic high school too and we had conversations go wrong often. Part of it could be that it was an all-girl school so we were more confortable with discussing those topics..

      But really, sheepskin condoms?
      Thats too funny!

      4 years ago
      • Yes, it was. I think it was mainly because we’re a predominantly religious (CATHOLIC) society and because we knew we’d get in some deep deep shiznit if we brought up sex-related topics. We could play around the issue with veiled innuendos and stuff but to say “sex” out loud in the classroom you’d have to be discussing gender and be ready to prove it if you wanted to stay in the class.

        Yeah, it’s amazing how you can drift from one topic to the next. The worst part is that we had a legit discussion over the merits or sheepskin versus latex, et cetera. The teacher even joined in. We never did learn about Shakespeare’s home life…..

        4 years ago
  77. Are you trolling us about Junsu? ;)

    4 years ago
    • But now I am going to go and tweet Jaejoong and Junsu because they really need to come to the EYK studio and do an interview…

      4 years ago
  78. ahahahahaha Mean Girls reference in the corner!!!!! “you will die”!!!!

    those lessons were awkward alright….
    i’m guessin’ they totally don’t have lessons on drugs and gang culture too right?

    4 years ago
  79. I’m actually online not too long after you post a video? :’D
    Oh, interesting topic though. Time to watch!!!

    P.S. Have I mentioned before that I love TL;DRs? It has gotten to the point that I’m more excited about watching them than KMM. Still love all segments, but these are just so interesting!

    4 years ago
    • I definitely like the TL;DR’s the best! This is how I became a fan of Simon and Martina in the first place a couple of years ago. It brought me to Kpop but only because I like to watch these crazy people… not really because of the music. Anyways great job on the TL;DR’s lately. They have been so interesting that I’m counting down the days to the next Wednesday!

      4 years ago
    • I’m pretty much interested in everything. I think if I had to pick a least it’d be the make-up tutorials. (Sorry Martina! I just can’t make-up! Like, at all :P )

      TL;DRs are set up perfectly for discussions. Take a topic, discuss it, open it up for the audience. It may sound weird, but I feel like I’m in an actual class watching these and then browsing through comments. There is always something somewhere that makes me stop and really think about the topic, which is probably why I love these so much.

      4 years ago