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Why did Chinese Foot Binding exist?



Chinese foot binding had been a especially barbaric process that was around mostly in rural China until recently. This was largely a cultural practice. The practice involved the very restricted binding of the feet of little girls and the retaining of them bound to keep the feet from developing. This was a tortuous practice and led to substantial deformity and incapacity. Those who ended up afflicted by this practice had to wear especially designed and manufactured shoes. There was quite an art form to this and the footwear that these children were forced to wear were adorned quite purposely and exotically. The true reason for the process of Chinese Foot Binding is that smaller feet were considered a lot more desired in females. A much better price is usually demanded by the family of the bride to be for the dowry. The practice was very widespread in rural China for several centuries and just recently began to die out about 100 years ago due to social pressures that were brought to bear on the technique a result of the pain and impairment it has been causing.

You can still find some older Chinese woman living right now with these deformed feet from the foot binding when they were younger. The tragedy is caused by what happened once they were small children they do need to keep their feet bound because it is more at ease than not having them bound since the deformity has become so great. There has been a great deal of social and psychological analysis of the practice particularly in the framework of it being performed too please the men instead of being of any advantage to the woman. Of contemporary awareness is the current practice of females using tight fitting high heel shoes has attracted parallels with Chinese Foot Binding. Some of the cultural and psychological investigation of that have definitely described the comparison among the two practices and who actually benefits from the practice. Both are painful, both create foot deformity, and both are for the benefit of the male gender.