"When I had my first period, my mother took me to a gynecologist. It's common thing in the States because menstrual cramps or irregular menstruation might have serious repercussions for your health," says Bianca Mobley, one of the panelists on KBS' "Global Talk Show: Talk with Beauties." "I realized the cultural difference when I saw how many unmarried Korean women try to avoid going to the gynecologist."
The 20-year old from New York, a popular figure on the panel with her Gyeongsang Province accent and frankness, has been named goodwill ambassador for the Korean Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to promote a campaign teaching young Korean women about sex and reduce abortions.
"In the States, we talk freely about contraception with friends or consult a gynecologist to seek expert advice," Mobley says. "But I see some people here resorting to abortion because of their lack of sexual knowledge. I thought this was a serious problem so I decided to be a goodwill ambassador for the campaign."
Born to a Korean-American mother and an American father, Mobley went to high school in New York and entered Yonsei University's Underwood International College in 2007 to study comparative literature and culture. As a single woman in her 20s, did she feel reluctant to take up the position? "I wouldn't have felt a bit of reluctance in the U.S., but I did feel some pressure because it was in Korea. But after some thought, I realized it was nothing bad or embarrassing," she says.
Her mother, who is a police officer, was concerned at first. "My mom said she discussed it with her mother and father. After the discussion, she told me to do it. Even my conservative maternal grandmother understood," Mobley says.