It lasted for a thousand years and I've calculated that over that time it was done to three billion women. Foot-binding ensured that young girls sat still and worked on boring, repetitive tasks, she said. One of which is Golden Lotus. I too wore them until I slid off my slides one time too often and tore a ligament that took three years to heal. Jews living in China took up the practice. The binding process lasted for several years during which time she was unable to walk. This woman has kept her feet bound.
The aim is to find a wealthy Englishman to marry. The most credible origin myth attributes foot-binding to Yaoniang, a dancer in the court of the last ruler Li Yu r. In Alice, May sees the possibility of redemption: Because having bound feet was a sign of sophistication and being upper-class, women without bound feet had little chance of marrying into nobility. In these cases, the already precarious stance would be even more affected; women would often be unable to stand for any amount of time. The procedure typically began between the ages of four and nine. And I'm curious about the author's other books now.
Circumcision and Footbinding
Even the broken, twisted feet themselves were seen as sexy. Most books on Chinese culture and history make no, or only passing, reference to it, and for many westerners their introduction to the cruel process came from reading Wild Swans -- Three Daughters of China by Jung[Young] Chang. Opium addiction, imposed by the British, and foot binding, self imposed—two scars on Chinese history. Foot binding was outlawed in China years ago, following almost 10 decades of the practice. We are lucky we live now. A Portuguese missionary, Martin de Rada, who visited southern China in the mid-seventeenth century, provides ample proof that the custom was already common by the late Ming: Laurel Bossen This woman's mother did not properly bind her feet.
After many years of having her life controlled by others, she decides to take her life into her own hands, and abruptly turns the steering wheel in a whole new direction. Feb 13, Cathy Roberts rated it it was ok. Slow to start, this book ended up not as disappointing as I originally thought it would be. With each winding, the bindings were pulled as tightly as possible, drawing the ball and the heel of the foot increasingly closer and tapering the end of the foot into a point. When a perfectly lotus-footed lady was inserted into society, she became a sought-after mate. In reality, the underlying appeal was explicitly sexual. In a bedroom scene in Li's erotic novel The Carnal Prayer Mat, the protagonist Vesperus removed all the clothes of Jade Scent but left her leggings on, because "in the last resort tiny feet need a pair of dainty little leggings above them if they are going to appeal" p.