Monday, June 27, 2011

The Dateless Men Go to BBQ Places

Here is an interesting post my friend sent me over. It was published in the Joongahn a while back. The gist of the story is that single men tend to hang out at nice restaurants, instead you'll find them at your regular, greasy BBQ house.


Greasy ribs and soju: Food for shy men
November 03, 2005
When a group of single women get together in Korea, the conversation naturally boils down to one thing ― where do the nice single men hang out?
A friend once noted that the only handsome single men she glimpses are in cars, driving away. This is true in a sense. The traffic lanes for single men and women in Korea don’t always merge.
For example, you don’t see men and their buddies hanging out in the posh restaurants where women hang out with their girlfriends. And they never go to movies with other men either.
I took an informal survey of male friends, and most agreed that they would never do so, even to see a great film. They would rather download it online and watch it at home alone.
Okay. So most single men don’t dine at posh restaurants and they watch movies at home.
But where do they eat? And why don’t they eat where the women are?
While I was searching for a plausible answer, another male friend of mine told me something interesting. He said that most Korean men end up eating at gogitjip, or smoky barbecue-soju joints, because they find it intimidating to go to posh restaurants with male friends.
But why? His answer was that going out to nice restaurants without a woman seemed for many Korean men to seriously compromise their masculinity. If you go to a restaurant just for a good meal, and you don’t have a date, you must be desperate.
Maybe for men, if it’s not a gogitjip, it smells like a date ― like going to the movies.

Go here for the rest :

I nodded my head in understanding when Murakami Haruki groused in an essay that the most distressing scene in the world is two men waiting for a baseball game to start in a rainy stadium. But I just don’t see why single men should be intimidated by restaurants.
Yet clearly, this was an issue for many men. What you eat with who has always been a matter of male pride.
But while men have beat themselves up at restaurants filled with greasy grills and bitter soju all these years, single women have paired up in posh restaurants for the slight chance of bumping into males of the same species.
So there you go. Either men overcome their hangups and go to where the women are, or it’s time for single women to start hanging out at smoky soju joints. Or maybe the best place to find nice men and women is on our way to the restaurants ― on the streets.

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