Foot Binding

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A custom practised on young girls and women for about 1,000 years in China, ending in the early 20th century, which resulted in lifelong disabilities for most of its victims
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Women who cling to stilettos are like Japanese geishas with bound feet, systematically crippling themselves in the deluded notion that they are making themselves gorgeous" Janet Street-Porter joins the row over high heels.
A Googly is not an enthusiastic user of a well-known search engine" - Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador, tries to learn the mysteries of cricket terminology "Women who cling to stilettos are like Japanese geishas with bound feet, systematically crippling themselves in the deluded notion that they are making themselves gorgeous" - Broadcaster Janet Street-Porter joins the row over high heels "Married life has suited me wonderfully.
One part of the city I wasn't comfortable with, which I knew would be an issue for me, was the use of animals in the tourist trade: monkeys chained up for pictures with holiday-makers, snake charmers, and donkeys forced to remain motionless by bound feet.
A woman with bound feet was tied to home life, as she could not leave the house without the assistance of family members or servants.
Tiny shoes for women with bound feet were erotic symbols for the Han Chinese.
While Western missionaries linked bound feet to women's oppression and illiteracy, intellectuals related the mutilated feet to China's weakness.
The binding-cloth ends were sewn tightly to prevent the girl from undoing them, and the girl was required to stand on her bound feet to further press them into shape.
But while Lily's tiny, perfectly bound feet soon land her a high-born husband, poor Snow Flower must content herself with a lowly and abusive butcher (Jiang Wu).
In China, there are still elderly women with bound feet, though they are among the last.
back for prolonged periods, bound feet, preventing him from performing
Her husband had been sent a photo on his mobile phone showing his wife's bound feet and hands.