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North Korean State Media Confirms Kim Jong-Un Married to Singer

KOREA TIMES (South Korea), TWITTER

Worldcrunch

More than two weeks after the first photos of the couple surfaced, North Korean state media has announced that the nation's young leader Kim Jong-un is indeed married to "Comrade Ri Sol-ju." The couple had been photographed together early July at a concert, during a visit to an amusement park construction site and at a kindergarten, reports the Korea Times.

Here are some snarky details from Australian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent in Northern Asia:

Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute, identified the young lady as a 27-year-old graduate of Kim Il-sung University, says the newspaper.

"Two highly credible sources confirmed that she is the North's first lady. She is from an upper-class family, with a father who is a professor and her mother an obstetrician," said Cheong Seong-chang.

Cheong said Ri married Kim in 2009 and gave birth to a child the following year.

"The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arranged his youngest son's marriage in a hurry after suffering a stroke in 2008," according to Cheong.

This is a video of Ri Sol-ju performing at a New Year's Eve Concert in 2011 :

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Kleptomania, How A "Women's Pathology" Was Built On Gender And Class Bias

Between 1880 and 1930, there was a significant rise in thefts in department stores, mostly committed by women from the middle and upper classes. This situation brought with it the establishment of a new pathology: kleptomania. A century later, feminist historians have given new meaning to the practice as a protest against the social structures and oppressions of capitalism and patriarchy.

Photo of a hand in a pocket

A hand in a pocket

Julia Amigo

Kleptomania is defined as the malicious and curious propensity for theft. The legal language tends to specify that the stolen objects are not items of necessity; medically, it is explained as an uncontrollable impulse.

What seems clear is that kleptomania is a highly enigmatic condition and one of the few mental disorders that comes from the pathologization of a crime, which makes it possible to use it as a legal defense. It differs from the sporadic theft of clothing, accessories, or makeup (shoplifting) as the kleptomaniac's impulse is irresistible.

Studies have shown that less than one percent of the population suffers from kleptomania, being much more common among women (although determining exact numbers is very difficult).

The psychiatric disorders manual, DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has included kleptomania since 1962. Previously, it had already received attention from, among others, Sigmund Freud. Like nymphomania or hysteria, kleptomania became an almost exclusively female diagnosis linked to the biology of women's bodies and an “inability” to resist uncontrollable desire.

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