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12 K-Pop tracks to empower every woman

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We’re already living in a modern world but women’s rights are still not recognized in all parts of the globe. Women’s month reminds us that we need to recognize every woman out there.

You might be wondering why someone like me made this article. As a decade-old K-Pop girl group fan, I witnessed the struggles of these female idols in a misogynistic society we’re living in. Slut-shaming, wearing short skirts and high heels, conforming with the society’s standards of women, being a feminist — you name it.

I thoughtfully picked twelve tracks as women empowerment should be celebrated for the whole year, and not just during International Women’s Day nor the whole month of March. These songs will catch not just your ears, but also your hearts because of the heartfelt lyrics that you might even relate to.

This list runs in no particular order.

Butterfly by LOONA

“Just like this
Fly like a butterfly
I feel like I could reach it

 

LOONA (or known as 이달의 소녀 / idarui sonyeo or Girl of the Month) has been known as an ally of both the LGBT+ community and women for their empowering tracks. Butterfly is meant for all the LOONAs around the world — and the music video storyline proves that you’re beautiful just like a “butterfly” regardless of one’s race and age.

No by CLC

“If you don’t like it, forget it
Go look somewhere else to fit your tastes
Innocent, sexy and cute
Single words like that can’t possibly express who I am”

 

Innocent, sexy, cute, or trying to be a “good girl” — women can stand out even without trying to fit into the “taste of men”. Red lip, earrings, high heel, handbag, shoes, perfume, makeup? They all exist for women to express themselves and not mainly to lure men.

Into The New World by Girls’ Generation

“I follow a dim light
It’s something we’ll do together to the end
Into my new world”

 

This classic song from 2007 by the legendary group Girls’ Generation is still (and will forever be) relevant as it will help you enter and conquer a whole new world that awaits you. Used by Korean women during the Me Too movement, the song truly motivated those who were victimized by sexual harassment and assault.

I by Taeyeon

Tears you’ve cried,
All of the pain you’ve felt for the day
You’ll fly even higher,

It’s to prepare you. Butterfly”

 

The debut track of Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon is the perfect go-to song for all women who aspire to pursue their passion. Take it from Verbal Jint’s line: “but strong girl, you know you were born to fly” — make yourself fly in a freer way by doing what you want in life, all while moving on from hardships and frustrations.

Crush by 2NE1

“I’m a bitch
I’m not sad at all
Don’t expect too much from me
I’m a bitch who can’t be stopped”

 

As most of you already know “FIRE,” “I Don’t Care,” and “I Am The Best,” this is a girl-CRUSH track to a whole new level — and 2NE1 has been known for it since then. Even if the group doesn’t exist anymore, they still continue to give pride not just to BLACKJACKs, but to all women who continue to dominate the world.

Gashina by Sunmi

“You’ll see me all sharp
And you’ll bow your head low
My thorns will dig deeper in you”

 

“Gashina” may be a slang term for “bitch”, but Sunmi proves that her track leans more towards the embodiment of flower thorns and gun fingers. A girl may look cute but after growing up and realizing one’s womanhood, those irresistible charms will soon show the real dangers of a woman you’ve been teasing on — but it’ll still bloom nonetheless.

I Will Show You by Ailee

“I will show you a completed changed me
I will show you a way prettier me
I don’t wanna cry like a fool over love,
Over you who left”

 

If you’re coming from a bad breakup, this song perfectly suits the moving-on phase. Instead of ugly sobbing and stress eating, you can just make yourself more beautiful — not to purposely get him back — but to make yourself stand out and show how strong you are even if you’re just on your own.

Woman by BoA

“No comparing
I shine just as I am,
I’m beautiful enough
To be a woman”

 

BoA has been at the peak of K-Wave since the early 2000s. In this track, she talks about discovering herself, femininity and being confident as a woman. She also tells everyone how she enjoys freedom for being a woman — and we hope women who are oppressed because of culture and tradition would become free the soonest.

Dream Girls by I.O.I

“Everyone laughed at me and left me behind
Even if I’m alone, I don’t care
I may not be beautiful or have the best body
Maybe I look mean, but so what?”

 

Who would have ever knew that this catchy and cutesy song would sound serious? I.O.I may have parted ways but they still continue to inspire listeners with Dream Girls. The lyrics imply that a woman shouldn’t be bothered by how she looks in the eyes of many. It’s better to show off the real you.

I Don’t Need A Man by miss A

“I can live well without a man
So if you’re not confident,
Don’t come to me
I don’t sell myself”

 

If you’re single AF, you shouldn’t be bothered. Independent women should avoid the situation where boys try to win them over by giving them gifts just for the “relationship” bait — especially when these people are just trying to play with your feelings. Shout “남자 없이 잘 살아” (namja eobshi jal sara) out loud to keep the bad spirits away.

WANNABE by ITZY

“I don’t have to be anything because
I’m perfect when I’m myself
I wanna be me, me, me”

 

Just like “DALLA DALLA” and “ICY,” “WANNABE” talks about self-confidence. Some people would think the song is all about being a trying hard “wannabe” or a copycat, but it’s more about being what you wanna be (their album is titled IT’z ME for a reason). No one can stop you from being yourself and for being a woman as a whole.

So What by LOONA

“Being sharp, So What?!
Being cold, So What?!
Being fearless (Bad)”

 

After a year, LOONA completely transformed from pure angels to badass queens in “So What.” This track adds up to “Butterfly’s” empowering message by telling all LOONAs around to stand up and be yourself — even if it means of being reckless.

 

 

Here’s a Spotify playlist just in case you want to play these songs right away (With some bonus tracks in the list)

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Netflix will release a new movie every week in 2021

Who isn’t looking forward to 2021?

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While 2020 was a disaster for most industries due to lockdowns and restricted movement, Netflix gained the most. The streaming service attracted a lot of users who’re just looking for entertainment without leaving the house. And, Netflix wants to ensure you continue streaming endlessly even when the pandemic ends.

With a promise of “a new movie every week,” Netflix announced the titles that will be premiering on the streaming service in 2021.

Netflix has put together some of the biggest names in entertainment for its 70-star studded line-up. The features include the Zack Snyder-directed Army of the Dead, Jennifer Lawrence starrer Don’t Look Up, musical Tick, Tick… Boom! and Dwayne Johnson’s action movie Red Notice, among others, many others.

 

If the above names weren’t enough, you’d also get to see Chris Hemsworth, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Zendaya, Jason Moma, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Netflix has also unveiled a trailer that offers sneak previews of the upcoming titles.

52 titles shall be in the English language, eight will be animated, and 10 shall be non-English language films. One of the most imminent releases is Malcolm & Marie, starring John David Washington and Zendaya, filmed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time Netflix has announced a yearly features slate. Though it also means the brand wants users to be excited about upcoming content and continue subscribing.

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Netflix’ Bridgerton is fun, raunchy, and visually appealing escapism at its best

The Duke of Hastings is enough reason to binge this show.

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If Jane Austen wrote Gossip Girl, this would probably be it. Bridgerton is Netflix’ latest offering for people looking for a bit of an escape — this time, to the Regency era where life was seemingly less boring than one might imagine.

The show is based on the first book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series: ‘The Duke and I’. For comparison’s sake, I found myself reading the book after finishing all of its eight episodes. Personally, I find the small screen adaptation proves to be quite respectful to the canon. Some adjustments were made to make it a slightly better fit for today’s audience.

Seamless in injecting diversity

A racially diverse cast that doesn’t feel forced for the sake of being woke is something I truly appreciated. Show creator Chris Van Dusen reimagined the Bridgertons’ world with people of color having status and power. This was actually addressed by some of the characters, complete with its own narrative that fit — quite seamlessly — into the plot.

I’m pretty sure I speak for a lot of us who watched the show that this was something we welcomed. After all, this adjustment gave us Regé-Jean Page as lead character Simon Basset — the ‘Duke’ the book title refers to. The story revolves around the courtship between him and Bridgerton eldest daughter Daphne, played by Phoebe Dynevor.

*Spoilers are coming. You’ve been warned.*

It’s London in the early 1800s and Daphne has debuted into the marriage market. Despite rave reviews from their print-era version of Gossip Girl, Lady Whistledown, her prospects are looking pretty bleak. The Duke who doesn’t wish to marry to avoid fathering children finds himself in an agreement with Daphne that will make her more popular among potential suitors. And as for him, it will ward off determined mothers from foisting their marriageable daughters on him.

They pretend that they are courting and their ruse eventually leads them to develop feelings for each other. Surprise, surprise. And that’s where things get interesting. Despite the steamy adventures of eldest Bridgerton brother Anthony, things are a little slow during the first few episodes. The fun only starts to pick up midway into the series.

Expect to see Nicola Coughlan of Derry Girls fame as the daughter of Bridgerton neighbors, The Featheringtons. She plays Penelope who’s in love with Colin, one of Daphne’s brothers. I actually love her character and that of another Bridgerton sister — Eloise.

To see what happens to them, however, we’ll have to pray for more seasons of the show. This season is all about Daphne and the Duke of Hastings. I did enjoy the series, especially the parts where they tried to inject as much female empowerment that 1800s London can take. However, I still found some parts of it fell short.

Bridgerton: escapism but still a tad problematic

As a woman living in 2021, it was quite hard to relate to Daphne’s character who had her whole life pegged on marriage and having children. Sure, it’s the Regency era and women had limited options for a good life. So while these things should have been understandable, I felt horrible for Simon when she practically forced him to have children with her.

The act was much worse in the book but thankfully, Van Dusen made this part a tad bearable in the series. I have to admit, I lost much respect for Daphne after that. Without Page playing the Duke, I probably would have lost interest and hit fast forward just to find out who Lady Whistledown is.

At a time when there’s so much more to being a woman and consent is a major issue for both genders, I hope impressionable viewers won’t take Daphne for a role model. There’s always Eloise for this season. Pick her!

Bridgerton is fun, quite raunchy, and pretty exciting thanks to the mystery that is Lady Whistledown. I absolutely loved how cheeky she was.

It’s a visually appealing series with gorgeous sets and costumes in aesthetically pleasing color palettes. Well, except those worn by the Featheringtons. Oh, and did I mention Julie Andrews is the narrating voice of Lady Whistledown? That, in itself, is more than enough reason to grab that remote and give the series a try.

Catch the first season of Bridgerton on Netflix.

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Netflix’s Space Sweepers tackles spaceships and robots

Get on a space battle!

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Sci-fi lovers, heads-up! Netflix has a new film, and it’s entitled Space Sweepers. It’s a space opera regarded as the first Korean space blockbuster, directed by Jo Sung-hee of A Werewolf Boy and Phantom Detective.

The film is set in the year 2092, where a spaceship named Victory is one of the many that live off salvaging space debris. It’s crewed with a genius space pilot Tae-ho (Song Joong-Ki), a mysterious ex-space pirate Captain Jang (Kim Tae-Ri), a spaceship engineer Tiger Park (Jin Sun-Kyu), and a reprogrammed military robot Bubs (Yoo Hai-Jin). Together, the spaceship Victory surpasses all other space sweepers.

After successfully snatching a crashed space shuttle in the latest debris chase, Victory’s crew finds a 7-year-old girl inside. They realize that she’s the humanlike robot wanted by UTS Space Guards, and decide to demand ransom in exchange.

With stunning space action and thrills coupled with a comical tension between the crewmates who do not harmonize with each other, Space Sweepers is setting up to be a one-of-a-kind space drama.

Space Sweepers will stream on Netflix on February 5, 2021.

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