Chinese foot binding

Chinese foot binding

practice of binding feet of female babies from birth so that the plantar aspects of toes contacted the plantar midfoot or heel; linear foot growth was unaffected, but overall foot profile appeared tiny; the girl/woman was unable to walk for more than a few footsteps; a long-outlawed practice
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He tolerated them, but only as a socially approved deformation, like Chinese foot binding.
Then there's the whole issue of Chinese foot binding and how feet have long been a male fetish.
The cruel deformity of this poor woman's toes is reminiscent of ancient Chinese foot binding, which left many women crippled in their quest to have tiny, 'feminine' feet.