Thursday, May 29, 2008
Chinese Cinderellas - The Bound-feet Women ( WW)
105 years ago, when my grandmother was 5, her father forced her to have her feet bound. Fortunately, her mother came to her rescue. (My grandma passed away 13 years ago.) Born into a poor family but married to my wealthy grandfather, all their possessions were later confiscated by the Communists.
Women with tiny feet were a status symbol who would bring honour upon the entire clan. They had a greater chance of marrying into wealth. During those days, men found women who had small feet (10cm to 13.2 cm) beautiful and sexy.
When I watch Chinese movies showing Qing dynasty concubines, I do find them more feminine as they took dainty steps.
When girls were 3 to 6 years old, their mothers would break the 4 toes and fold them underneath the sole of the foot with bandages. The bandages would be taken off daily, then rewound tighter and tighter...... Every now and then, the arch of the foot was broken to force the toes and heel ever closer.
Can you imagine the immense pain the little girl had to endure?
All this for the men's selfish sexual desires. During the Qing dynasty, pornographic books were written, listing 48 different ways of playing with women's bound feet. *%$# the perverts!!!
The bandages that women used for binding their feet were about 10 feet long. It was difficult for them to wash their feet. They only washed once every two weeks, so their feet were very, very stinky.