Seven Day Queen and forced kisses
I have been hesitating on writing this post, for one because I didn’t want to do it, but also because I didn’t want to come off as negative. Sometimes I feel a little too..strict (?) after making text posts on serious topics in k-dramas, and I have stopped myself several times since writing about WFKBJ. I really loved the start of Seven Day Queen, and although I won’t be dropping the show because of the forced kisses, I do think they need to be addressed, especially since the tumblr fandom is so small and I’ve seen no one discuss them.
I will present the kisses in the order they occurred. The first forced kiss takes place once the characters are adults, and is initiated by Yeok (male lead) towards Chae Kyung (female lead). Chae Kyung sees Yeok, who now goes by another name and identity, and follows him. Chae Kyung recognises him, while Yeok is trying to keep his identity hidden, and therefore escapes the first confrontation. But Chae Kyung doesn’t give up, and when Yeok finds her too (she follows him), he thinks the only way to stop her would be by kissing her. He quite literally says, “Is this what girls like?” while holding her arms pressed to the wall, and kisses her. Chae Kyung doesn’t push him away, but is surprised, and this is where the episode ends.
The kiss is treated like a surprise action, and from Yeok’s side it’s a punishment and a way to draw a line between him and Chae Kyung. Lee Yeok was bright and positive as a child, and his transition sure is contrasting, but that doesn’t give him the right to act like trash. Lee Yeok clearly knows who Chae Kyung is, so why would he inflict this kind of harm on her? As well as this move being plain stupid, it is also degrading and sexist. No, Yeok, girls DO NOT like being pushed against a wall and kissed against their will by your mouth and “tsundere” self. Chae Kyung doesn’t really get a chance to register her feelings, and the kiss is brushed aside by the time the next episode airs. In short, Yeok tries to distance himself - Chae Kyung is too stubborn and curious to stop.
The second kiss is even more interesting, because it’s initiated by the second female lead, Myung Hae, towards Lee Yeok. Myung Hae helped Yeok when he was away from the state and had to hide, and she therefore thinks she has ownership of Yeok. It can’t be put any other way. Yeok does pull her away and tells her he is not interested in her romantically (more than one time), but it’s obvious she’s not listening. If you’ve watched The Fool (2009), you might remember there’s a secondary character named Park Kyung Ae, who force-kisses the male lead twice, and grabs his behind several times. Those scenes were treated as a joke, though it was clear that the male lead was uncomfortable. This particular SDQ scene wasn’t treated as a joke, because Yeok is at least given a chance to reject her feelings and actions, but still, the force doesn’t go away.
Both are complex and awful scenes, but I hope my little text can make you think a little. I haven’t watched SDQ since episode 6, but it’s pretty obvious that I’m not rooting for neither Yeok nor Myunghae. I’ll be happy with Chae Kyung and the King’s cute moments.