Asian binding foot

Living with bound feet Hong Kong CNN It was an excruciatingly painful practice that maimed the feet of millions of Chinese girls and women for centuries: foot-binding. Tiny "golden lotus" feet -- achieved through breaking girls' toes and arches and binding them to the sole of the foot with cloth -- were thought to be a passport to a better marriage and a better way of life. They were thought to be attracted to small feet," said Laurel Bossen, co-author of the new book "Bound feet, Young hands. Girls who had their feet bound didn't lead a life of idle beauty but rather served a crucial economic purpose, especially in the countryside, where girls as young as 7 weaved, spun and did work by hand, Bossen said. Read More Foot-binding persisted for so long because it had a clear economic rationale: It was a way to make sure young girls sat still and helped make goods like yarn, cloth, mats, shoes and fishing nets that families depended upon for income -- even if the girls themselves were told it would make them more marriageable. Bossen says women weren't shy about talking about or showing their bound feet, making her skeptical that it was an erotically charged fetish.

Painful Chinese Foot-Binding Was More Than An Erotic Practice, Study Finds

Foot Binding in China

It is widely believed that the deformed feet, which were placed in small embroidered shoes, would attract a better husband. Chinese foot-binding is perceived today as unusual, gruesome, an antiquated fetish , an erotic tradition. It was a way to show off their social status. It was, at the time, chic. The study, Bossen added, dispels the view that the goal was only to try to please men. All the women surveyed were born when foot-binding was still an accepted tradition. It was really a last chance to do it.

Work, not sex? The real reason Chinese women bound their feet

Buy These changes can be illustrated by the practice of female foot-binding. Some early evidence for it comes from the tomb of Lady Huang Sheng, the wife of an imperial clansman, who died in When it was over, I turned to the museum curator who had given me the shoes and made some comment about the silliness of using toy shoes.
Audio full text Problems playing this file? See media help. Reform-minded Chinese intellectuals began to consider footbinding to be an aspect of their culture that needed to be eliminated. A less severe form in Sichuan, called "cucumber foot" huanggua jiao due to its slender shape, folded the four toes under but did not distort the heel and taper the ankle.
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