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Why did Chinese Foot Binding exist?

Chinese foot binding had been a particularly crude process which persisted largely in rural China until recently. It was largely a cultural practice. The process involved the very restricted binding of the feet of girls and the retaining of them bound to avoid the feet from developing. This was an agonizing practice and brought about considerable deformity and handicap. Children who ended up afflicted by this process had to wear especially designed and produced footwear. There was quite an art form to this and the footwear that these children had to use were embellished quite deliberately and exotically. The actual cause of the practice of Chinese Foot Binding was that smaller sized feet were regarded as considerably more attractive in females. A much higher price might be commanded by the family of the bride for the dowry.

The technique was very common in rural China for several centuries and just recently started to die out about 100 years ago as a result of social pressures that have been brought to bear on the technique because of the pain and impairment that it was creating. There are still some older Chinese woman living today with these deformed feet from the foot binding in their youth. The tragedy is because of what happened when they were kids they do need to keep their feet bound because it is more at ease than not having them bound as the deformity has become so great. There was lots of cultural and psychological research into the practice especially in the context of it being done too please the male rather than being of any advantage to the female. Of contemporary awareness is the current practice of females using tight fitting high heel shoes has attracted characteristics with Chinese Foot Binding. Some of the social and psychological evaluation of this have definitely suggested the comparison among the two practices and who actually benefits from the practice. Both are painful, both create foot deformity, and both are for the benefit of the male gender.