Remember the hype I expressed over Lee Jung Hyun‘s comeback? Yeah, that didn’t pan out so well in reality. Korea’s queen of technopop seems to have lost her edge when it comes to original concepts, leaving me to eat crow.
So, I’m going to do what any other person would do with an arts degree in their arsenal.
I’m going to convince you that this crap is actually a profound comment on modern society (a K-pop fanboy/fangirl specialty!)
(To better appreciate the article, please refer to the translated lyrics here.)
“V” expresses a young woman’s attempt to convince her lover that she’s ready to lose her virginity. Like other inexperienced girls before her, she’s not fully confident about her decision. Nevertheless, she’s determined to put up a sassy front.
Yet she fails to consider her partner’s feelings on the matter. As it turns out, not all male virgins are willing to drop the card at the first opportunity. It’s possible he fears the inevitable change in their relationship. After all, there are certain responsibilities and expectations that come with sex, and he may feel that sex isn’t as flippant as his peers make it seem.
Thanks in part to the hypersexualization of the female body in pop culture today, young women are becoming more emboldened to explore their sexuality. While the subject draws much public discourse, society tends to neglect the male perspective, particularly the perspective of a hesitant male partner.
In summary, “V” delivers a bold conversation piece about attitudes on virginity. The song expresses the bravado that young women adopt in tackling this important decision about their bodies, while simultaneously encouraging them to be more proactive in taking control.
Meanwhile, the music video balances the issue by providing a reluctant male context, a voice that is rarely heard over the brash volume young men are expected to take on when it comes to the topic of sex.
I’m smart because I wrote that stuff. Opinion validated. In your face.
Oh, and here’s the dance version of the MV (since this post is late already, might as well get everything in one go).