This is Gangnam, today. Gangnam is a bustling main street area in Seoul, South Korea, similar to Times Square in New York City. I grew up here.
On the night of Tuesday, May 17, 2016, a 23-year-old woman was brutally stabbed to death with a 12-inch knife in a unisex bathroom. She had been enjoying a night out in Gangnam with her boyfriend and friends. The police arrested a 34-year-old man who confessed that he had been waiting inside the bathroom to kill any woman that walked in, because he hated women for ignoring him.
The mainstream media described this murder as a freak incident, a random killing committed by a deranged individual. Worse, many people blamed the woman for having been out drinking at night. Many others empathized with the murderer’s hurt feelings.
Feminists are naming this murder a femicide (woman killing/gender-based crime), one among too many. We recognize the connection between this woman’s murder and the murders of other women, more than a hundred women murdered by male partners every year in South Korea, hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada, hundreds more violently killed in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, women who lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre, and countless others on this planet, past, present, and future.
We will remember her death.
We will fight back.
We will not give up.