The concept-masters of (G)I-DLE gave a “Tomboy” femme fatale look for their latest single. If this sounds like a mixed metaphor to you, you’re not alone in thinking that way. In this episode we take a deep look at the song’s concept and lyrics, and what it means in the context of an incoming anti-feminist presidential administration. Subject matter experts—John Lee, the blogger/columnist/Twitter commentariat known as the Korean Foreigner; and Hye Jin Lee, Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication at USC—provide additional color.
We also offer some recommended “hit replays” off the album. We recommend reading a paper by Jieun Lee and Hyangsoon Yi which speaks to the recent configuration of “ssenunni” in hallyu/K-pop.
Ssen-Unni in K-Pop: The Makings of “Strong Sisters” in South Korea: https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Ssen-Unni-in-K-Pop%3A-The-Makings-of-%E2%80%9CStrong-Sisters%E2%80%9D-Lee-Yi/698033bea56afc20f1731dd098c551c745701ca9
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