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Maxim Korea Sexualizes Violence Against Women On Latest Cover

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/maxim-korea-cover_55e6fdcce4b0aec9f3553128
What were they thinking?

Posted: 09/02/2015 11:03 AM EDT | Edited: 09/02/2015 03:25 PM EDT
Huffingtonpost

Sexualizing violence against women is never OK. So it's anyone's guess what the folks at Maxim Korea were thinking with their September 2015 cover.
Actor Byeong-ok Kim, known for his roles in "Oldboy," "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" and "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant," appears on the latest cover of the men's magazine, accompanied by the headline "The Real Bad Guy." The photo shows the star smoking a cigarette next to a car. Sticking out of the car's trunk are a woman's bare and bound legs.
Inside, the article features more photos of the woman in the trunk, who is barefoot and wearing short shorts and a tank top. There's also a photo of Kim dragging a bulging trash bag to a reservoir.
Thousands of people have signed a petition on Avaaz.org condemning the cover and asking for publication of the September issue to come to a halt. However, according to the creator of the petition, Maxim Korea defended the photos, saying, “We did depict the crime of murder and body abandonment in a film noir way, but there’s no hint of a sexual offense in the picture, and no fantasizing of sex crimes either.”

The petition explains why the photos are making people uncomfortable (emphasis in the original):
Maxim targets adult males and that’s no secret. Sexual objectification of women is its daily work and expertise. It is just natural that sexual crimes are implied when a sex-related medium deals with a male criminal and a victimized woman. Still, Maxim just chose to say 'it is a crime against a woman that isn’t necessarily a sex crime.' ... We should try to cut sexual assault rates, not encourage assaults. Please think of the social implications such a magazine issue can have.

UPDATE: 3:10 p.m. -- A spokesperson for Maxim U.S. denounced the controversial cover in a statement to The Huffington Post.

"The cover and corresponding feature published by Maxim Korea is deeply troubling," the spokesperson said. "We condemn it in the strongest terms."
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Thousands Have Called for 'Maxim Korea' to Pull This Heinous Cover Depicting a Murdered Woman
http://www.complex.com/style/2015/09/maxim-korea-cover-sexual-violence-petition-for-it-to-be-pulled
Sep 2, 2015 complex style

While Maxim here in the U.S. has done well to rejuvenate its image, Maxim Korea is headed 100 mph in the wrong direction with this disturbing cover. The cover depicts a man casually enjoying a cigarette while a woman's dead body is stuffed in the trunk of his car. The image is for Maxim Korea's September issue, which has a "bad guy" theme, and features an actor notorious for playing villains, Kim Byung-ok. Next to Byung-ok is the copy, "So girls like ‘bad guys’? This is what a bad guy looks like. Dying for him, right?"
Unsurprisingly, the offensive cover has prompted an online petition that calls for Maxim Korea to pull the magazine from newsstands, Cosmopolitan UK reports. The petition currently has almost 10,000 signatures. Its landing page includes some pretty damning statistics that somehow shine the magazine cover in an even worse light. "Korea has increasing violence crime rate and sex crime rate," the petition writes before pointing out that Korea ranks 117 out of 142 countries on the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Index 2014.
The inside of the magazine doesn't make matters any better, either. The spread with Byung-ok continues as he is seen pulling the woman from the trunk from her perspective and later abandoning the body in a garbage gab. Still, Maxim Korea is defending its choice to Women You Should Know. "As you can see, in the context of the cover, we show a heinous crime such as murder and abandonment of a dead body, but the image does not depict sex crimes," a publication from the statement reads. "Films direct scenes for delivering a story and mood. We hope you can also see the cover as expressing a scene of crime to show the contexts of this issue."


2 September, 2015 @ 11:55 AMcosmopolitan
Maxim Korea features a man posing next to a woman tied up in a car boot
Over 9k have now signed a petition calling for the issue to be pulled from newstands
http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/reports/news/a38300/maxim-korea-woman-tied-trunk/?utm_content=buffer8a1bd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

In perhaps the worst cover idea of all time, Korean Maxim have decided to feature a man posing next to a car and smoking a cigarette. Oh, wait, sorry, we've missed out one small detail - there is what appears to be a naked woman, bound by duct tape, trapped in the back of the car, with her lifeless legs lolling out of the boot.

The man in question is Korean actor Kim Byung-Ok, who is best known for playing violent villains in a series of thrillers. The cover line reads "The Real Bad Guy", with the words underneath reportedly translating as: "So girls like 'bad guys'? This is what a bad guy looks like. Dying for him, right?"

Other pictures featured inside the magazine, reportedly involve a victim's eyes looking up at her captor from the trunk of a car and a corpse lying abandoned in a black plastic bag.

There are so many things wrong with this, it's hard to know where to begin. But let's start with the fact it is glamourising violence against women. Or with the way it is dangerously blurring the idea of a 'bad guy' who maybe has a bit of stubble and doesn't text back when we want them to, with a man who has presumably kidnapped and murdered a woman and shoved her in the boot of his car. The cover line even seems to have victim-blaming undertones, seeming to suggest that if a woman falls for the former, she can expect the latter - if you think you like a 'bad guy', this is what you could be in for.


This is especially shocking considering how high domestic violence rates are in Korea. A 2010 National Survey of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence, found that 53.8% of respondents who had been married had experienced spousal abuse in the past year, and 16.7% had suffered physical abuse.

When Maxim posted a preview of the cover to their Facebook page, it was quickly flooded with criticism, with an online petition launched soon after calling for the issue to be pulled from sale. It now has over 9k signatures.


Korea has increasing violence crime rate and sex crime rate. Still, Maxim Korea is denying the pain of crime victims, their families, and women who hold everyday fear, putting more weight behind commercial gains and freedom of speech. We strongly demand Maxim Korea to stop selling its September issue and recall what has already been sold.We also plead the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and the Korea Publication Ethics Commission to make a public announcement regarding the issue and come up with measures to stop a next potential case similar to this.

The petition also points out that Korea is 117th out of 142 countries on the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Index 2014 and that images like this contribute to the very worst parts of that.

The editorial department at Maxim Korea have reportedly defended the photos, saying: "We did depict the crime of murder and body abandonment in a film noir way, but there's no hint of a sexual offence in the picture, and no fantasising of sex crimes either." But as the petition writers argue: "It is just natural that sexual crimes are implied when a sex-related medium deals with a male criminal and a victimised woman."

Maxim Korea then added to womenyoushouldknow.net in a statement:

"The September cover of Maxim Homme aimed to show Byoung-ok Kim (who is one of best actor's who plays cruel villains) directing a scene of film crime with him. As you can see, in the context of the cover, we show a heinous crime such as murder and abandonment of a dead body, but the image does not depict sex crimes. Unlike some people's concerns, we never intended to beautify sex crimes as sex fantasy. Films direct scenes for delivering a story and mood. We hope you can also see the cover as expressing a scene of crime to show the contexts of this issue."

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