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Chinese Foot Binding
Transcript of Chinese Foot Binding
The ideal size of a foot was 3 inches. This was called a "Golden Lotus". The next best size was four-and-a-half inches, a "Bronze Lotus". A five inch foot was called an "Iron Lotus" (Lotus SW61).
Three criteria for a perfectly bound foot:
•Three inches in length.
•A three-inch deep cleft between the heel and sole;
•And the appearance that the foot is merely an extension of the leg, not something to ever stand on (Chinese 1). Works Cited
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Gillet, Kate. "In China, foot binding slowly slips into history." Los Angeles Times 16 April 2012, 1.
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"Lotus land." Toronto Star (Canada) 11 Dec 2004, Starweek SW61. Web. 7 Dec. 2012.
See, Lisa. "The ties that bind." Times, (United Kingdom) 14 Jan 2006, 12. Web. 6 Dec. 2012.
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Inc., 2003. Print. This is a picture of a purple lotus shoe that a woman with bound feet would wear (Chinese 1). This is a picture of a blue lotus shoe that a woman with bound feet would wear (Chinese 1). This is a picture of a girl who is in the process of foot binding (CHINESE FOOT 1). This picture shows an x-ray of a bound foot compared to a normal foot (CHINESE FOOT 1). This picture illustrates the mutilation of the bone structure in a bound foot (CHINESE FOOT 1). These are pictures of Lotus shoes that a woman with bound feet would wear (CHINESE FOOT 1). Process Chinese foot binding is a form of injustice because it forced young girls to succumb to this painful, unnatural process, or they would not be accepted in society. If they did not have a foot small enough to be "beautiful", they may not find a husband. If they did bind their feet, they would be permanently crippled and in constant pain. For almost a millennium, the practice of foot binding was prevalent across Chinese society, starting with the wealthier classes but over the years spreading down through urban and then poorer rural communities. Now the ancient, some say barbaric, practice is almost gone,” (Gillet 1). In 1912, the newly formed republic of China outlawed foot binding, and the custom finally died out in the 1930's,” (CHINESE FOOT 1). In secluded alpine areas of China such as Liuyi, a village of about 2,000 people in southern China, women still had their feet bound as late as 1949, (Gillet 1). Today, there are still women living with bound feet. The last factory in China to manufacture Lotus Shoes for women with bound feet ceased production in 1998 (Chinese 1). It was considered attractive for a woman to wear Lotus Shoes. The foot itself was broken and ugly, although it was unlikely her husband would ever see her unwrapped foot (Chinese 1).