Double Standard: Dancing in Kpop
And fans expect nothing less from them. They’re expected to not only sing and dance with perfect precision. They’re expected to be able to write, compose, and play at least one instrument, all while remaining unconscionably gorgeous at all times.
While the men are busy taking the music world by storm with their unwavering charisma and breathtaking beauty, the girls are expected to exude unfaltering sex appeal. Again, society plays an overwhelming role in how we view women. They are conditioned to be able to provide everything a man needs to be able to carry out his patriarchal duty, foremost being able to satisfy his desires. As such, a female idol’s shelf life depends heavily on whether or not she’s beautiful — naturally or otherwise — and if she can maintain that beauty throughout her career. Her feminine charms lay in the clothes she wears, an obligatory amount of coquettish innocence, and her ability to pout on cue.
Fan service is more a means to bring in a profit than it is a consequence of popularity. Singing and dancing, unless in a way that tugs at a male audience’s pants and makes other girls wish they were in their place, is a secondary thought, almost as if industry heads were only throwing a fleeting glance at those who’d rather recognize a female’s talent than her physical makeup.