Bound feet in china


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A presentation on bound feet in China. It is based on the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

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Bound feet in china

  1. 1.  Beginning of 10th century Famous for 1000 years in China 2 billion Chinese women did this from the late 10th century „til1949.
  2. 2.  Usually the concubines of the prince had tiny feetother women tried to imitate this. Became fashionable Began in the elite & wealthy parts of China The ideashow the freedom of “well-born girls”dont need to work but direct the servants › Men showed off their wealthwives who exist only to serve their husbands. People w/ bound feetvery proud of themselves.
  3. 3.  Chinese people realized that foot-binding wasnt reflecting well upon their reputation in international means. Social Darwaniststhought it weakened China. › According to them, these women produced weak sons. Feministsdid not like foot- binding cuz it caused women to suffer.
  4. 4.  Break the arch of the foot before it develops fully (4-7 years old) › This left an opening of 5 cm deepmost desirable part 2 years to achieve the perfect result Applied in wintercuz feet are numbless pain 7-9 cm feet Cause infection To walk with these feetbend knees  This “swaying” walkcalled the “Lotus Gait”  Sexually attrictive according to men
  5. 5. 1.Each footsoaked in a warm mixture of herbs and animalbloodto soften the foot2.toenailscut back as far as possible to prevent infections3. Massage4.3m long and 5 cm wide cotton bandagessoaked in blood andherb mixture.5. Toes on each footcurled underthen pressed w/ great forcedownwards + squeezed into the bottom of the foot „til toes broke.(btw, no pain relief)6.Broken toesheld tightly against the bottom of the foot.7.Footdrawn down straight w/ legarch is broken w/ force8. Bandages wrapped around VERY tightlymaking sure the brokentoes are pressed into the foot + making the foot fold at the arch.9. Crucial to stand on freshly broken and bound feetto put moreinto the shape.10. Bandages were drying = making the binding tighter.
  6. 6.  Results in lifelong disabilities even if it‟s stopped 1644Manchus began ruling Chinaforbid foot binding. › But some women still continued BUT!after a reform in China in the 20th centurya real anti- foot-binding movement began 1911fall of Qing Dynastythe Republic of Chinabanned foot binding and women who did not unwrap thier feet would be killed. › Some women found this emotionallly and culturally devastating. 1949Communists took overstrictly prohibit foot-bindingstill effective atm. Taiwanbanned by the Japanese administration in 1915.
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