March 11, 2015
On February 26th, the Korean Constitutional Court ruled in a 7-2 decision that Article 241 of the criminal code was unconstitutional. And thus, it is no longer a crime punishable by law to commit adultery in Korea. And though this law has more of an impact on us on the internet than it does in our actual lives, we’ll still talk about it here because we live most of our lives on the internet so why not? What I mean by that is that I’ve never met anyone who has been affected by the law, nor does anyone I have asked actually know anyone that’s been affected by it, either. And we’re not the adulterous type ourselves, so this law won’t apply to us. But I can’t stop reading about it in the news sites that I go to, so why not clarify it a bit more?
It felt like we needed to be a bit more serious about it, because the two headlines of “South Korea abolishes adultery law” and “Condom sales grow exponentially” paint the picture that everyone in Korea is a cheating asshole, when – obviously – that’s not the case. Though, I will say, I’d be really interested in seeing what the stats for prostitution will be at the end of this year. In 2013, Korean companies spent over ONE BILLION DOLLARS on prostitution. That’s just companies. COMPANIES! And just on cards! Heaven knows how much more was done in cash. Goddamn how common is it for companies in your country to spend money on prostitution. Anyone? Has your company bought you any prostitution lately? “Hey John: for your year end bonus here’s one month’s salary and a coupon to the rub & tug. Keep up the good work!” No? Well, it’s common as hell here, and now that the adultery law is lifted, I’d be interested to see if that number grows a lot more as well.
Otherwise, yeah, we’re not fond of adultery, and think that you should be more transparent with your spouse and talk about your relationship before you seek the company of others, but I definitely think that it’s a private matter for you to discuss and not in the purview of the court. I definitely think that some laws should be put into place that prevent companies from spending money on prostitution, because in many ways the corporate culture of paying for sexual entertainment make adulterers out of the unwilling. This is something we are aware of, as one of our friends was working at a company and was really in love with his girlfriend, and had a lot of difficulties with his coworkers that all wanted to pay for prostitutes. I mean, that’s a pretty shitty situation: you have to be adulterous with your coworkers in order to not be ostracized, but it’s also illegal to be adulterous. Hey Korea: let’s make a law punishing companies that pay for prostitution, no?
Anyhow, we’re only talking about the things we’ve read about the ruling and its possible implications. We also asked people about it in this week’s upcoming Speaker’s Corner, and it’s gonna be interesting seeing what they think about the matter, so stay tuned for that. For those of you who couldn’t make it into our video booth, though, we’d love to hear what you think.