Seoul government’s 1950s-style advice to pregnant women comes under fire

Officials in South Korea have withdrawn recently published guidelines for pregnant women, following a backlash over their use of outdated sexist stereotypes.

Seoul’s Pregnancy and Childbirth Information Center published the guidelines on January 5. The guidelines said pregnant women “should prepare undergarments, socks, shirts…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 be able to wash your hair for a while.”

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

While some guidelines remain online, the points criticized were recently deleted. However, screenshots of the original version continue to circulate on social media.

Shocked locals started a petition asking the official responsible for the post be punished and make a public apology.

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