Short hair makes golden archer target of sexist abuse

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 30 Jul 2021

A South Korean archer who bagged two Olympic golds was flooded with messages of support from women after her short hair became a lightning rod for online abuse from men.

Male posters said An San's choice of hairstyle suggested she was a feminist, and some demanded she apologize or even be stripped of her medals.

The outbreak of misogyny comes as an anti-feminism backlash grows in the country, with companies who have been accused of endorsing "extreme feminism" facing boycotts by men.

An, 20, won gold in the women's team and mixed team archery. She scored 680 to top the individual qualification in Tokyo, breaking an Olympic record that has stood since 1996.

Leading Korean women condemned the comments.

Legislator Jang Hye Yeong said: "Korean archery is now the best in the world but national dignity is thrown to the ground because of sexism."

And more than 6,000 photographs of women with short hair were posted to support An.

Providing images were actress Koo Hye Sun and youngest legislator Ryu Ho Jeong, 28, once criticized for wearing a dress to parliament.

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