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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In the 16th century there were traditions of foot binding which remained persisted till 19th century.
Foot binding - Young Chinese girls, aged between four and five, go through the process of foot binding in order to prevent growing of the foot.
Farrel said she began the project in 2004, spending years taking photos of old Chinese women who underwent the ancient, but now extinct, tradition of foot binding when they were young girls.
At the extreme, this comes in the form of female genital mutilation, burkas and niqabs, purdah, foot binding, etc.
And while the show will feature shoes worn by or associated with famous icons including David Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, The Honorable Daphne Guinness, Queen Victoria and Kylie Minogue, it will also explore extreme footwear such as tiny 19th century lotus shoes made for the Chinese tradition of foot binding.
Reforms included eliminating the practice of foot binding, which had crippled women for over a thousand years, and implementing the policy of equal pay for equal work for men and women.
The oft-cited practice of foot binding shaped the female foot into a form that both pragmatically and symbolically signified her functional disqualification from labor.
However, Jung got an idea that she was not so enslaved to the past when she was researching the practice of foot binding for Wild Swans, the barbaric and deliberate malforming of girls' feet which her own grandmother had had to endure.
Volunteering in Hong Kong would also give me the opportunity to treat patients with certain conditions that I would not see here in the UK, such as Leprosy and Chinese foot binding, therefore increasing my podiatric knowledge.
One such custom is foot binding. In China, foot binding was a common practice for women from the 10th century onward, and did not fully end until the mid-1900s.
Indeed, as Appiah tells it, the sense of honor has driven some of the world's most important moral revolutions, including the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom and the end of female foot binding in China.