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    Footbinding In China

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    In Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account, Mackie (1996) examines the practices of female foot binding in China, and infibulation in Africa. Specifically, the paper considers the conditions which brought these practices about, how foot binding came to an end, and why infibulation still persists. Mackie offers his 'convention account' and asserts that such practices are self-enforcing conventions which are perpetuated by interdependent expectations on the marriage market (Mackie

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    Footbinding Summary

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    Young Chinese Girls Footbinding in 900 C.E. In the article “Footbinding: From Status Symbol to Subjugation” Lousia Lima wrote about how Chinese women at young age had to footbinding. Footbinding at the young age is actually bad for their feet because their toes would bend from those shoes which it looks like they have small feet. Lima explained how it was started in china, “But historical records from the Song dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) date footbinding as beginning during the reign of Li Yu, who ruled

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    Chinese Footbinding Essay

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    Chinese Footbinding In addressing the subject of footbinding, one primary difficulty becomes apparent - that much remains within the realm of the unknowable. Any factual knowledge about the practice may only be drawn from 19th- and 20th-century writings, drawings or photographs. In addition, many of these documents represent a distinctly Western point of view, as they are primarily composed of missionary accounts and the literature of the various anti -footbinding societies.[1] The historical

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    Bound Feet Footbinding

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    For almost a thousand years, footbinding was passed down from generation to generation in China as a tradition. For girls to get their feet bound was a rite of passage, usually starting around the age of three to seven years old while the bones are still flexible. This custom was done for many reasons, including beauty, eroticism, feminity, and subordination. Footbinding was the norm, as were tiny waists in Victorian England. The difference is the pain during the binding as well as the lasting effects

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    The origins of footbinding date back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and since then, many historians have debated the motivation for this seemingly strange tradition. Some view footbinding as “an expression of male dominance” or as a “demonstration that families did not need their women’s labor” (Modern China 348). Others interpret footbinding as vital towards understanding standards of “sexuality, fashion, prestige, and beauty” (Modern China 348). The practice of binding feet can be viewed as an

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    Although no definite reason or person has been identified as responsible for the birth of footbinding, there are a few theories. One deals with the Shang dynasty's last empress' malformed feet. Some say she had club feet, bound them in attempts to distil beauty from malformation, and convinced her "spouse to make the compression of feet obligatory for young girls" (Levy, 37). Another scenario involves the Mongols attempting to impair the health of the Chinese women in order to weaken the Chinese

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    Journal of Women’s History called “The Body as Attire: The Shifting Meanings of Footbinding in Seventeen-Century China”. The article is organized with a brief introduction as to what footbinding is, the negative outlook on this practice due to problematic archives, and then she discusses the examples she gives to support her thesis. Ko’s thesis was “Chinese elite males in the seventeenth century regarded footbinding in three ways: as an expression of Chinese wen civility, as a marker of ethnic boundaries

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    do their Confucian beliefs. Politically, the literacy rates were much higher in males than in females; due to the fact that women were not allowed to receive an education. Additionally, a common tradition practiced by wealthy females was footbinding. Footbinding limited the physical abilities of women, ultimately making them dependent on males. Furthermore, economically, women could not own or inherit property as men could. Nonetheless, China was not the only Asian country where women were treated

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    but in the early 20th century, Chinese society was far from perfect. The women in China, lived a slow and difficult life, bound by tradition and obedience. Women had to bind their feet at birth or face adversity throughout their entire lives. Footbinding was a painful process that allowed women to be thought of as beautiful and a good future wife. However, their

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    Footbinding originated in the Shang Dynasty, and entails breaking the foot, then wrapping them in tight strips of silk to bind and mold them. However, breaking the bones opens the body to other less than desirable results. One in ten girls does not survive

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