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Anti-sexual violence movement against punitive measures: The feminist activism of Korean WomenLink

Author: Hana Choi-Kim

In: Asian Journal of Women's Studies, Vol 24, No 2, 2018, pp. 283-294

In South Korea, punitive measures in response to extreme sex-crimes against children have emerged since the mid-2000s. Some scholars have argued that this punitive turn is a result of the feminist movement against sexual violence and so has been labeled as “carceral feminism.” In this paper the author argues that the Korean feminist movement against sexual violence in fact offers a counter-example to the discourse of “carceral feminism” with respect to their activities and the dynamics surrounding the movement.