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“Cinderella” in Reverse: Eroticizing Bodily Labor of Sympathetic Men in K-Pop Dance Practice Video

  • Chuyun Oh
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Abstract

Focusing on K-pop male singers’ dance practice videos on YouTube and fans’ comments, Oh provides a lively and insightful analysis on the intersection of female spectatorship and male sexuality. Examining the bodily labor of the male dancers and their harsh working conditions displayed in the videos, Oh explores why female viewers are drawn to these low-budget dance practice videos. Oh highlights the female desire that eroticizes sympathetically the physical and economic circumstances of the male dancers, which the author calls the Cinderella complex in reverse. The chapter guides readers on alternative ways of reading Asian masculinity and demystifying male sexuality in relation to issues of the body, class, and female spectatorship.

Keywords

Male Body Music Video Group Dance Heavy Breathing Female Viewer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chuyun Oh
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  1. 1.Hamilton CollegeClintonUSA

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