LET BOYS BE CUTE AND LOVELY AND LET BOYS HAVE PRETTY THINGS AND FEEL PRETTY AND BE PRETTY LET BOYS ENJOY PINK LET BOYS BE SENSITIVE AND CRY OVER CHICK FLICKS AND ENJOY PEACEFUL NIGHTS AND LOVE BIG SWEATERS AND SNOWFALLS. LET BOYS BE FEMININE AND LOVE DESPERATE HOUSE WIVES AND DANCE MOMS
LET BOYS BE THE BOY THEY WANT TO BE NOT THE BOY YOU EXPECT THEM TO THANKS.
the lyrics to ’Pretty Boy’ are so on point with issues, gender roles and assumptions concerning the ‘flower boy’ image of some idols (of course, particularly Taemin in this song) in Korea as well as the idea of what makes up a man according to society.
Just because a man is 'pretty’ doesn’t mean that he can’t be manly.
Just because a man is emotionally sensitive doesn’t mean that he isn’t manly.
Just because a man looks pretty doesn’t mean that he’s always full sparkles and glitter and marshmallows or whatever the fuck some people used to think Taemin was made up of, and this song just perfectly conveys how he really feels after years of cooing and coddling from fans, seniors, and (probably) peers. He’s a grown man now and wants to be seen as one.
Thank you Jonghyun for penning the incredible lyrics. If the fandom hasn’t already, I’m sure that through this album a lot of us are seeing Taemin as a 상남자 (real man, quote Jonghyun), even if he is the eternal baby of the fandom <3