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Songwriter Kim Eana addresses 'sexist lyric' controversy from a song she wrote for SHINee

By alice101   Tuesday, November 15, 2016   49,480   2,215   0



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"Cherish her more than a flower." 

What do you think about the lyric above? It's a line from a song called, "If you love her" off SHINee's new repackaged album '1 and 1.' It may seem like a simple line on the surface but some netizens are saying that women should not be compared to flowers because it contains a sexist idea. 

In response to their concerns, Kim Eana, the lyricist of the song, posted on her Instagram, saying, "Expression that says 'cherish her more than a flower', oops...Let's pay attention." 

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She then added another post, saying, "These days, I often see listeners who are identifying sexist and misogynistic elements in song lyrics. I thought that I was being careful in writing, but I still slip up here and there. It shows that this issue is so deeply embedded in me. I think that it is healthy that someone like me who works in this industry to be aware of women who have become more sensitive to these things. I will become a writer who thinks more deeply about gender stereotypes."

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What do you guys think about this issue and Kim Eana's response? 

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elenashinee Thursday, November 17, 2016

Netizens really need to stop with their shit arguments. I'm so disappointed. They want every little thing to be perfect when nowhere in the world is anything perfect AND they did not make the song, so why would it be to their liking? No they didn't create it so it's not going to be perfect unless it's their cup of tea. I need them to stop fucking with my kings, I've never seen SHINee do anything wrong and these netizens try to come up with anything to make it look like they've done something wrong. How the in what hell is "cherish her more than a flower" sexist. Cherish means "hold (something) dearly" so???? How is that sexist???

BlingerJ95 Wednesday, November 16, 2016

For the people wondering on what is sexist, I think it is because it (slightly) suggest that women need to be taken care off (by their partner).

hiroonakamura Wednesday, November 16, 2016

what a  bunch of idiots

iisstf28 Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How... how is that sexist? I am a feminist, I believe in equality but... aren't you supposed to cherish your loved one as something beautiful?

BlingerJ95 iisstf28 Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I guess it's sexist because it suggests that women need to be taken care off. If you look at it like that I can understand a bit but boy it is farfetched.

NethmiKpop Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How the hell is this a sexist lyric?

cococcchanel Wednesday, November 16, 2016

HOW is it sexist? It isn't in any way degrading women.

SaVanityVan Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In this ultra sensitive time we're living in, people seem to have forgotten that people have different preferences, mentalities, personalities, etc. and just because something can be, or once was, a 'sexist', or shall we say gender stereotypical, thing doesn't mean it always is. All women may not want to be compared to flowers, have it insinuated that they're delicate, weak, need to be protected by a man, etc., but the mere suggestion of such a thing is not sexist. Some women ARE passive, sensitive, want to be coddled and protected, etc. Some men (or women) genuinely prefer women that are delicate and mild, just because that's their type. Saying something like this is sexist is like saying women who choose to be housewives are succumbing to sexism (and some do say that). The conversation or stance on gender roles should not be "women are NOT this, and to suggest that they are is sexist", it should be "NOT ALL women are like this, and to suggest that they MUST be is sexist" (and of course the same goes for men). I don't understand the problem with this lyric anyway, because the word is "cherish", not protect or anything like that - anyone can be cherished, the word does not connote dominion, hierarchy, etc. It seems as if the thing that set them off was a woman being compared to a flower, to which I'd say see my initial point.

MaryScary Wednesday, November 16, 2016

i'm so done with these SJWs, honestly.

Jadewashere64 Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How the hell is this line sexist? How is it sexist to want to cherish your loved one (Specifically a woman) more than a flower should be cherished?

hana_sakura Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I thought the comparison is beautiful. Why would that be sexist... -____-

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