Chinese Foot Binding

There is a old process from rural China which involved the binding of the feet of female young people to stop them from developing. It was a brutal practice and was very painful and disabling to the feet. It was done as a smaller sized foot was considered a desirable feature in the female and a greater price is usually requested by the family for the bride if the feet had been bound. There was a substantial industry in these rural communities for the ornamental and finely crafted footwear that these girls would need to wear because of the smaller and misshaped feet. Over 100 or so years ago social pressures began to mount to ban the foot binding and this mostly was successful and it is not done nowadays. The practice had to finish as it was so crippling and painful for the girls. When they became a grownup, the harm had been done and there was not much that might be done to manage the suffering and disability. Having said that, you can still find some older woman alive that had their feet bound when they were little girls.

You will find allegedly commonalities to this practice of chinese foot binding that may be seen today. A number of commentators attempt to associate the practice these days of women which push their feet into the high heel footwear as being exactly like the practice. In rural China the foot binding was all about the female carrying out something which pleases the male, whatever the consequences in terms of pain and disability. The practice today of using tight fitting high heel footwear by females has outcomes in the terms of foot deformity and foot pain. It is also theoretically done in the perspective of the female doing something which is agreeable to the eye of the male. There is some argument if the connection between the two practices really do justify the type of evaluation that they have been subjected to.


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