Painful Soles of Chinese Women

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Outlawed in 1912,feet binding was a process in which the feet were broken in many parts and shoved in 3 inch shoes for beauty.This caused the toes to tear off and the feet to not stand to hold weight. Thus meaning not walking.

Submitted: April 04, 2010

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(Chinese Binding)
The practice of foot binding has been around for thousands of years. It’s a grisly procedure, yet believed to be beautiful. The process is to be called very painful and it affects the way you walk. Only women get it done and their reasons are mainly for marriage. It actually was banned, but some people still do it illegally.
The history of foot binding is very interesting. It began in the Sung Dynasty, back in 960B.C. There was a prince who had a concubine that he forced to dance with her feet bound. The reason for this was he had a horrible fetish of tiny feet. As time flew by, families thought of this as beautiful. This is where the term “Lilly Feet” came from. Tiny feet were considered elegant and graceful.
Mothers of high-class families would make their daughter bind their feet. It was said it was nearly impossible to keep a marriage unless a girl had tiny feet.  Binding feet was incredibly excruciating. The families also did this to keep their daughters from wandering off. A woman with bound feet could not walk a short distance without assistance.
The process of feet binding begins usually at three to six. First, the feet is washed and massaged. After that all of the toes, except the big one, were broken and forced to the bottom of the foot. Then, the ankle would be broken and bound with a ribbon connecting to the toes. After a couple years, the feet would have shrunk until they could actually fit amazingly inside three inch shoes. The shoes were called “lotus shoes” and were gorgeously decorated. After many years, they feet would become deformed and sickeningly, toes would fall off because of poor blood circulation.
The practice of foot binding started in the Sung Dynasty with a prince with a fetish for tiny feet. The practice spread throughout the years and is considered beautiful. The process is in which the feet are mutilated and shoved inside small shoes. Over the years, the feet would turn into painful lumps of skin and bones. The practice was outlawed around 1912, but some families still do it.


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