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Human kind has been known to have committed itself to
incredible lengths of absurdities for purposes most ridiculous.
Take foot-binding for example, a ludicrous practice that found its
Human kind has been known to have committed itself to incredible lengths of absurdities for purposes most ridiculous. Take foot-binding for example, a ludicrous practice that found its origins in Chinese history.
The exact cause for the beginning of the custom is not known, though there a few stories revolving around it. Foot binding involves the wrapping of a female childs foot tightly in linen so as to hinder the growth of the foot. This so-called ideal foot became known as the Golden Lotus. Small feet were considered highly appealing in women and it also became a sign of status in society. The practice gained high popularity among the aristocracy of ancient China. Women born into wealth, who did not need to take part in physical labour could afford to have their feet bound.
Bound feet made it terribly hard for women to move around. The tying up of the feet is obviously, immensely painful. This was done to children at around the age of five, as they had feet that were still small and tender with an unformed arch. The entire process is complicated and was done over a period of time, usually the winter months being chosen so the feet would be mostly numb. The nails were cut as far in as possible (sometimes completely removed to avoid infection) and the toes compressed far enough to be broken. The foot would then be arranged in the ideal position and bound tightly in cotton.
There were attempts to abolish this grotesque custom early on by a few rulers and reformers but were not successful. It was only later that the practice received high criticism from those that perceived it for the discrimination against women that it was. Foot binding id now illegal in China and the practice has now, thankfully, completely died out.