Chinese Foot Binding Lives On


The thousand year old Chinese practice of foot binding may be long since abolished, but its grotesque legacy lives on in the few surviving ladies who were subjected to this crippling treatment.

Some of the last victims still live on, and the nature of the practice can be readily ascertained from the graphic photos below:


The excruciating practice involved binding the feet ever tighter in the girl’s youth, until the bones were broken and crushed into the desired shape. Such “shapely” feet were the subject of great aesthetic appreciation and were proudly displayed with the sort of fine footwear seen here.

Contrary to what might be thought, such crippled women could still be expected to work in the fields and retain relative mobility.

These ladies were born in the 1930s, and it can only be hoped that they were amongst the very last to be so afflicted…

Via Heaven.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I once watch on TV a young woman, a model if I remember well, that thought that this ancient fashion relly looks good and start to practice it.

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    Comment by GHS
    13:58 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well like a thousand years ago a chinese emperor had a daughter or something whose feet were messed up or something. To make sure this wouldn't be something shameful for a princess he did some proganda or something to make small feet into something elegant. So of course everyone wanted to look elegant so foot binding became the way to go. I think I got the gist of the history, although I'm doing it from memory.

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    Comment by sanimej2
    10:16 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy shit!! That's the worse case of "Hammer Time" feet I have ever seen!!

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    Comment by asianprostitute1500
    06:33 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want to get a foot job from one of them.

    Comment by Vegio
    05:51 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by maga
    03:15 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wanna touch those feet...

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    Comment by (Girly Kenshiro)
    03:37 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those elders are originally daughters of Chinese aristocrats or wealthy people back in the 19th century China.

    Comment by Metalbunny
    02:41 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My only wish is to get both of my sisters to have this practice..lolz

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is basically the same as people who have eating disorders due to the misconstrued idea that the thinner a women is the more beautiful she is.

    Jesus dude, why don't you just put a "Fuck China" button next to Anime in the top right.

    Comment by ManaYagami
    13:52 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because you would need the buttons "Fuck Japan", "Fuck U.S.A.", "Fuck Europe" and "Fuck the rest of the world" next to it, since not every sick thing comes from a single zone of the globe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 02/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not that it doesn't need bashing...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 02/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, but this website tends to bash china more than any other country

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    Comment by Narcotic-Nightmares
    04:59 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    similar to what they do in some tribes in Africa; as soon as a baby is born they wrap either leather straps or (i think) strands of banana leaves around the top of the head, as the bone is still soft and forming it progresses to produce a skull similar to the shape of the creature off the alien films... Not very nice -.-"

    "Head flattening, also called head binding, head shaping or head moulding, is the application of pressure or bindings to cranial bones (the human skull) to alter their shapes. Flat shapes, elongated ones (produced by binding between two pieces of wood), rounded ones (binding in cloth) and conical ones are among those chosen. It is typically carried out on an infant, as the skull is most pliable at this time. In a typical case, headbinding begins approximately a month after birth and continues for about six months." (Wiki is God)


    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 10/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hm. It appears to me that the ladies in the photos have had their feet "let out", that is, have long ago discarded the restraining bandages that made the shape and size of the feet fixed, and which will over time allow the feet to take on a more relaxed shape. As I recall, letting out is the norm for many of the survivors of foot binding left alive today.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 22/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do asian men like weak useless women so much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welldone, all you've done here is you've got the googled results for 'bound feet' channeled to you via 'Heaven'.
    You're better than this, Sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:53 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just about a relic of the past now. Thos women were featured on a documentary here in China on TV last year. There is only a half dozen of them left, and they all live together in the same village.

    Comment by Newprimus
    15:30 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought they bound women's feet and made them small like that so that when they become wives they couldn't run away. Either way, it's a ridiculous practice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 20/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    how the hell they cut their toenails.. .-.

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    Comment by Sigh
    20:35 22/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All because of some selfish empereror, with a foot perversion. Before his reign, girls were very sporty I believe and took part in many games.

    Comment by Temujin
    09:24 21/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wiki: "The very fact that the bound foot was concealed from men's eyes was, in and of itself, sexually appealing. On the other hand, an uncovered foot would also give off a foul odor, as various fungi would colonise the unwashable folds."

    I think I just vomitted a little.

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    Comment by PLrin
    09:03 21/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My eyes burned.

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    Comment by Ray
    02:14 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I fail to see how this can be perceived as hot or beautiful. Then, now or ever. How the bloody hell is deforming a human body a good thing? Almost as retarded as those african tribes that wear tightly placed neck rings to prolong their necks.

    Comment by Anon Onanism
    07:41 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This has been said earlier, but this deformation of the body to conform to a society's standard of beauty was essentially no different than cosmetic surgery is today. The only difference lies in modern society's perception of the practice.
    Women often feel pressured to deform their face, nose, lips, breasts, abdomen, etc. with -elective- surgery so that they can conform to what Western society views as "beautiful".
    Every culture has different opinions on what the ideal female (and male as well) form should be. Occasionally these "ideals" involve deforming or decorating the body in unnatural ways that may seem grotesque or even cruel to outsiders.
    A wiser man than I once said, "No man can ever truly understand any culture but his own."

    tl;dr Just because a certain practice may seem strange or even unthinkable now doesn't mean it wasn't perfectly normal and/or acceptable at the time.


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    Comment by Shuu
    20:23 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cultural relativism is bullshit. This is one of the very few extreme views I have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:23 02/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Extreme opinions are bullshit.

    Comment by Riiku
    05:17 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought of the neck binding too. And there's another example - wearing a metal rings on the back of the head to deform the skull and make it prolonged, kinda like an alien head. I just have one thing to say to all thoose ppl:

    Ladies and gentlemens, your taste sucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really hate the way feet look. Like almost physical disgust. Somehow this shape doesn't bother me.

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    Comment by phisaki
    14:41 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're a douche really. Lemme guess you don't mind if feet is in 2D right?

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    Comment by phisaki
    21:50 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Her feet is pretty..... pointy.

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    Comment by Ren ichimoku
    22:22 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow i never imagine that feet exist.

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    Comment by Shuu
    21:45 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've read an unpleasantly detailed paper on this once, and just thinking about it again makes me want to rage. The really ironic thing is, if it wasn't for communism, this abominable, barbaric practice would probably still be in use today.

    And that title... it made me think they discovered some rural village where they still do this or something. Needless to say, I'm quite relieved.

    Comment by SaruDa
    11:23 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact has rightly discovered that sensationalist titles give the most hits.

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    Comment by TsubasaNoTenshi
    22:05 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This tradition was practiced mainly so that the lady in question may have limited movability and thus stay in the house,loyal to her master and husband...

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    Comment by Shuu
    22:41 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And yet they still made them work in the rice fields >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe this is what we need to do about them feminazi's...

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    Comment by jj
    01:55 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, title was misleading as usual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the girls in K-ON do this to themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a fairly large-built woman, about 5'10, and wear a size 9 1/2 wide shoe. My feet are pretty big, haha, and I'm very self-conscious about them, because men like petite girls with small feet, not big girls with larger feet that are "one of the guys".

    I can't imagine wearing these.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's more a thing of your attitude, and overall looks, not just size.
    I can see myself hitting a girl like you, only if you are feminine in your ways.

    Comment by Fonzer
    22:17 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does this thing prolong peoples lifes?
    Don't know why i think that.

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    Comment by Shuu
    22:42 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, many girls died during the process or soon thereafter...

    Comment by sleepy
    02:09 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Though the nerve endings are at the feet and affects most of the body system, I don't think it directly causes death. Perhaps arthiritis or other feet problem arises.

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    Comment by Shuu
    20:18 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They died from infections due to their weakened immune system, and the torture they were being subjected to when they didn't comply to carry heavy weights around while walking on their bound feet.

    Comment by quijibo
    21:40 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    high heels are similar to these in which they will cause health problems for those who wear them in the future, to a lesser extent.

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    Comment by jj
    01:54 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mankind and its idiotic fashion trends. -_-

    Comment by neonshadows
    20:36 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks nice from above, but from the side they look like hooves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You think those look like hooves? Check this shit out.

    Comment by Carnage
    20:40 18/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Um... Looks really comfy. :D

    Seriously. Is that supposed to be hot?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was considered attractive decades ago.

    Comment by blob
    00:39 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was meant to be hot back in the early stages of life.

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