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Dating and marriage in korean culture

Sexuality in South Korea has been influenced by culture, religion, and westernization.Viewpoints in contemporary society can be viewed as a conflict between the traditional, conservative older generation and the more liberal and 'modern' generation.

When a child assumed responsibility for the child's family, the child could marry at the age of 12.The society commonly believed that a higher age for marriage was associated with inappropriate sexual activity. In Confucianism, men were considered to be positive (yang) and women negative (yin).As yang was considered more dominant than yin, men were considered to be comparably omnipotent, justifying male dominance and discrimination against female.Prenatal care was considered important and was given even before conception.The traditional lack of information and education concerning sexual issues is currently conflicting with Western viewpoints of sexuality, and can be seen through the increasing rates of teenage pregnancy and sexual abuse.Catholicism was introduced at the end of the 17th century and began to become popular among the popular people at the end of the 18th century.

Though Catholicism was outlawed and banned, and the followers executed, it continued to have underground support. Both religions were involved in several intellectual movements, and promoted equal rights.

Married couples received a calendar that stated information about the best days for fertility; this information was usually given only to the bride, although the groom sometimes received it.

As producing children was considered a duty, families sometimes intervened.

Furthermore, sex was considered a duty to the family, rather than an act of pleasure.

Although only three percent of the population has Confucianism as a belief system today, it remains the basis for sexual ethics and criminal law.

Only the women of the ruling class could enjoy the same privileges of the men in the same class.