Women In China Underwent Foot Binding Just To Look Beautiful

Women In China Underwent Foot Binding Just To Look Beautiful
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How is it like to go through an accident and face a fracture? Well, going through this pain was a symbol of beauty for females, once in China. Yes, it's true, I am not joking.

The system comprised of a custom of applying tight binding to the feet of young girls to prevent further growth of bones and this practice was popularly known as Foot Binding.

Bound Feet was a reflection of status. It signified women from wealthy families, whose feet did not need to work.

This practice originated among upper-class court dancers in Imperial China.

The bones were broken before they could develop, which used to take place between the age of 4 to 9.

The bones were broken before they could develop, which used to take place between the age of 4 to 9.

Getting their bones cracked was a societal pressure. This was not only a sign of beauty and status but was also necessary to get married.

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A woman's status was judged by her ability to walk.

A woman's status was judged by her ability to walk.
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The most desirable bride had to have three-inch feet.

No significance of the toes.

No significance of the toes.
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The only thing that kept them going through was that they at least attained the beauty of their society.

Well, an x-ray of hairline fracture seems scary, though i doubt one could find a single bone which is not broken here.

Well, an x-ray of hairline fracture seems scary, though i doubt one could find a single bone which is not broken here.
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A regular rebinding of the feet was done. The process also involved kneading of the feet to make them more flexible.

Size of a shoe can only be a perfect home to a mouse, you can imagine how a woman had to balance her body weight with a base this petite.

Size of a shoe can only be a perfect home to a mouse, you can imagine how a woman had to balance her body weight with a base this petite.
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The size of the foot was of more importance, no matter what the shape would develop into.

The process also involved health issues, as it left the foot vulnerable to infection, which was caused by peeling back the toenails.

The process also involved health issues, as it left the foot vulnerable to infection, which was caused by peeling back the toenails.
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Sometimes the girls would face the problem of paralysis and sometimes they would even die.

This comparison between the normal size of a foot of a female with the shoe designed for bound foot can give you a fair idea about the pain a woman had to undergo.

This comparison between the normal size of a foot of a female with the shoe designed for bound foot can give you a fair idea about the pain a woman had to undergo.
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Sometimes the women had to live with broken bones for years.

The binding of a foot represented the degree of refinement.

The binding of a foot represented the degree of refinement.
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Bound feet also signified women being dependent on men, since they couldn't walk easily.

This condition of the foot is even hard to recognize it as a human's foot.

This condition of the foot is even hard to recognize it as a human’s foot.
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Coming to the aspect of opposition, it is good to learn that opposition came from inside as well as outside the country.

This stone structure has been kept as a commemoration of the custom.

This stone structure has been kept as a commemoration of the custom.
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It is also interesting to note that the country where this custom once prevailed freely, is the same country whose people, survivors and the government now feel uncomfortable to talk about the topic.

Although, foot binding was banned by the Republic of China in 1912, it is important to document the lives of those few surviving women of China, whose feet are the last remains of this painful tradition.

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