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Seoul government's '50s-style advice to pregnant women provokes anger

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Officials in South Korea have withdrawn recently published guidelines for pregnant women, following a backlash over their use of outdated sexist stereotypes.

(CNN)Officials in South Korea have withdrawn recently published guidelines for pregnant women, following a backlash over their use of outdated sexist stereotypes.

Seoul city government's Pregnancy and Childbirth Information Center published the guidelines on its website on January 5, including instructions to "prepare instant foods like curry, black bean paste and soup, so the husband, who's unfamiliar with cooking, will be able to conveniently use them. "

The guidelines also said pregnant women "should prepare undergarments, socks, shirts, handkerchiefs and outers in the drawer for the husband and children to wear for 3 to 7 days while you're at the hospital," and advised buying a hairband "so that you don't look disheveled, as you won't able to wash your hair for a while. "

While some parts of the guidelines remain online, the points that came in for criticism were recently deleted.

The advice also suggested women lose weight by performing household chores such as washing dishes and cleaning.

"The person who wrote that, the one who revised it, even the Seoul city manager who posted it.

"Seoul city's guideline for pregnant women is disgusting," wrote another.

"It's not even any individual that posted it, it's Seoul city's Pregnancy and Childbirth Information Center. . .

I wonder what they think of women and pregnant women," wrote a third.

Seoul city government did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

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