Chinese Foot Binding is an old technique that was used on young girls in China, mainly rural China. Form a young age the foot was tightly bound to prevent it growing. This was painful and severely deformed the foot. It was done as it was considered more erotic and a higher price would be paid for a bride with a smaller foot.
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There is a historic practice from rural China which involved the binding of the foot of female youngsters to prevent them from growing. It was a brutal practice and was painful and deforming to the feet. It was done as a tinier foot was viewed as an appealing characteristic in the female and a greater dowry could be asked for by the family for the bride when the feet had been bound. There was a substantial market in these rural areas for the decorative and carefully created footwear that these girls would need to wear because of the smaller and disfigured feet. Around 100 or so years ago community pressures began to mount to outlaw the practice and this generally worked and it is not done anymore. The practice had to finish as it was so crippling and deforming for the girls. After they became a grownup, the harm had been done and there is very little that might be done to deal with the pain and disability. Having said that, there are still several older woman still living that had their feet bound when they were little girls.
You will find supposedly parallels to this practice of chinese foot binding that might be observed nowadays. A number of experts like to associate the practice these days of females which force their feet inside the high heel footwear as being just like the foot binding. In rural China the foot binding was all about the female performing something that pleases the male, regardless of the consequences in terms of pain and deformity. The practice today of using tight fitting high heel shoes by females has consequences in the terms of foot disability and foot problems. It is also presumably done in the perspective of the female doing something that is pleasing to the eye of the man. There is some disagreement if the link between the two practices really do warrant the type of evaluation that they have been put through.