Ms. Lee has been active in advocating that women take it upon themselves to discover their feminine characteristics. She has
also been the organizer of the annual Anti Miss Korea pageants since 1999.
"Women are subordinate beings in a male-oriented society. For instance, the
Anti Miss Korea pageant was held to change people's recognition of what beauty
is. The original Miss Korea competition is all about choosing beautiful women
from a man's point of view," Ms. Lee said.
This year, feminists, including Ms. Lee, decided that the Anti Miss Korea
pageants had fully served their purpose and instead opened an event targeting a
more detailed topic: pornography.
Titled "Porno, Porna," the event, which took place at Sogang University on
Saturday, suggested a new variation of porn. To a point, the event was like an
extension of the Anti Miss Korea pageants. Ms. Lee was in charge of directing
the entire event. "This is an anti-sexual violence movement to banish porn from
our society. Instead, we are suggesting the concept of 'porna' which also takes
into consideration the desires of women," she said. "Existing porn is created
mainly to fulfill the desires of men and many of the scenes depicted in porn
films show sexual acts that abuse women. These images lead to actual acts of
violence and are especially a bad influence on teenagers," she said.
The four-hour event comprised around 30 events, including one-act plays, dance
performances and fashion shows, all on the theme of sex. While some took an
artistic approach, others dealt with serious social issues, such as sexual acts
between physically disabled people.
event, we tried to introduce sex as something that both
men and women can enjoy while having respect for each
other. I hope that people were inspired by the event and
will begin developing ideas to create a new sex
culture," Ms. Lee said.