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South Korea election

South Korean presidential hopefuls push anti-feminist agenda

'Masculinist' movement painting males as victims gains traction among young men

Women wearing masks walk through a traditional market in Seoul. Feminism in South Korea is facing a political backlash.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Ahead of the 2017 presidential election in South Korea, Moon Jae-in pledged to "become a feminist president." In the run-up to the 2022 vote, the discourse could not be more different.

The two leading candidates, former Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party, and former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl of the opposition People Power Party, have been preoccupied with outlining their campaigns and political mudslinging. But one thing the two men have in common is their apparent distaste for feminism.

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