Bound feet were once considered intensely erotic in Chinese culture, and a woman with perfect lotus feet was likely to make a more prestigious marriage. Even in the lower class families of Canton in the late 19th century, for example, it was usual to bind the feet of the eldest daughter, who was intended to be brought up as a lady … Bound feet were once considered intensely erotic in Chinese culture, and a woman with perfect lotus feet was likely to make a more prestigious marriage. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Sexual Perversions, — pp Cite as. Footbinding became the most sexualized objectification of women in Chinese history, while creating a distinct aversion in Western observers. Despite much prurient attention to Indian and Arab women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, western travellers simply did not see Chinese women as erotic.
Foot binding was the custom of applying tight binding to the feet of young girls to modify the shape and size of their feet. The practice possibly originated among upper class court dancers during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in 10th century China, then gradually became popular among the elite during the Song dynasty. Foot binding eventually spread to most social classes by the Qing dynasty and the practice finally came to an end in the early 20th century.
I was seven years old when my mother took me out to the fields. There, while the buckwheat was in bloom, Mother bound my feet, tightly winding the cloth around them. She used a binding cloth to bind them tightly; it would [eventually] break the bones. When I cried, my mother just hit me.
Bound feet — the cruel Chinese practice of reducing a normal foot to 10cm 3 in. 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. Women who had their feet bound were essentially restricted to work helping weave and do work by hand, according to Bossen, who was interviewed by CNN.
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The culture at large considered these reshaped feet to be beautiful, and the dainty gait that resulted from such radically reshaped extremities was seen as alluring, but the process of producing lotus feet was grisly, problematic, and led to lifelong podiatric problems. The invention of foot binding is not well documented, but the earliest known written records of the practice date back to the Southern Tang dynasty around AD. Regardless of its origins, these re-engineered feet became fashionable among upper-class Chinese families around a thousand years ago, and it was in practice until somewhat recently.
Chinese foot-binding is perceived today as unusual, gruesome, an antiquated fetishan erotic tradition. It was a way to show off their social status. It was, at the time, chic. The study, Bossen added, dispels the view that the goal was only to try to please men.
The practice would begin when a girl was five or six years old. First, her feet would be plunged into hot water and her toenails trimmed. Once they were massaged and oiled, all the toes except the big one would be broken and bound flat against the sole, making a triangle shape.