The island is awash with porn; magazines, videos, the internet, cable TV, absolutely everything right down to the perverted Japanese comic books schoolchildren read, and it's difficult to imagine a book on historical Chinese practices causing too much offense. Ultimately, it was all about male sexual satisfaction. The doctor didn't agree with the established interpretation of traditional male-female roles, "The idea that women were being badly treated by men is wrong. The results of the practice, in which the toes of girls as young as four were broken and bound to the sole of the foot with cloth, was widely believed to have had an erotic appeal. According to the book and from what I've learned after my research, these lotus feet were considered extremely erotic. After the initial process of feet binding which could take two years usually, you've got a perfectly formed lotus feet.
Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium
Already beyond the pale of respectability, she was not subjected to the usual censure reserved for women who stepped beyond the nei —the female sphere of domestic skills and household management—to enter the wei , the so-called male realm of literary learning and public service. Also please stick to the topic under discussion. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received. Her mother had to stick a cloth into her mouth to gag her. The smaller the feet were, the richer family she must be from since she had to be waited upon from an early age. Gangrene , localized death of animal soft tissue, caused by prolonged interruption of the blood supply that may result from injury or infection.
Foot-binding: An Old Chinese Custom – China Travel Page
In addition to altering the shape of the foot, the practice also produced a particular sort of gait that relied on the thigh and buttock muscles for support. With such strong sexual connotations these items must have been rather risque and I asked whether they would have been acceptable in public places or strictly for private use. The process could cause paralysis, gangrene , ulceration, or death, though death was rare. Liang grew up at a military base commanded by her father. It is thought the practice began in the 10th or 11th century.
Japanese women used to blacken their teeth after marriage. Women, their families, and their husbands took great pride in tiny feet, with the ideal length, being around 2. Now Putin flexes his naval might: Adult human feet reduced to 10cm-long stumps - the fabled "golden lily feet" - were the most prized. Teenager, 19, with hidden illness slams 'judgmental' anonymous driver who pinned I can easily afford to feed all these useless mouths!