October 16, 2019
No bikes, no trousers: North Korea’s strange rules for women
Despite sporadic enforcement, bans on commonplace things can cause hardships
An acquaintance of mine, a North Korean refugee currently living in South Korea, told me how, in the early 2000s, she broke a bone. The incident happened one afternoon when she was on the way home. A few streets away from her house she encountered a patrol of regular police and militia, and she instantly knew she was in trouble because she had done something seriously improper. She had no choice