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If there’s one thing the CCP can be commended for, it’s putting an end to this barbaric practice (along with stamping out the drug trade in China)
I once read a book about this practice. It was barbaric. Little girls would be made to suffer incredible pain. There was a huge risk of infection which could lead to death. Women would be disabled for life. And somehow that was considered a status symbol because the family would be able to afford keeping women who basically can’t take care of themselves. The smaller the feet the better the marriage prospects..
It has been estimated that by the 19th century, 40–50% of all Chinese women may have had bound feet, rising to almost 100% in upper-class Chinese women. (Wikipedia)
Now I’m a mother I can not imagine putting my kids through that.
What a horrifying feat this must have been to undertake/experience. This is one of the many sole reasons why not everything from the past was awesome. Okay, no more puns. I can’t wait to Look back in time in the future ad see what practices future generations will bemoan as barbaric.
Today we have boob implants and anesthesia+narcotics.
It’s hard to imagine a mother doing this to her child. The only explanation that makes sense to me is the sad recognition that without it, her daughter’s life prospects would have been even worse than pain of bound feet.
Everything else aside, makes me wonder sometimes how they would clean in that crevice under the folded part.