Their are many myths as to why they started this tradition but the reason why it stayed is for wealth and beauty. The only way a woman could marry in these parts are if her feet were bound and especially if they wanted to marry for wealth. It was known as exotic for men. They liked the way the women's body looked as though it was floating when they walked or danced. The feet were very attractive to a man just as breasts are today. It was an extreme foot fetish. Men would like to do sexual thing with the women's feet as well as kiss them. It was also said that when a women's feet are bound it makes their vagina tight because of the tightened muscles in their upper thighs and buttocks area.
Foot binding caused a lot of health problems including the toes dying, falling off, gangrene would occur and the skin would rot. Such infections could cause women to die, and some did. Women were more dependable these days because of the short distances they could walk. Not to mention that with their feet bound it was easier for them to lose their balance, fall and break a hip or back.
Records show that feet binding started as early as between 960-1279 AD. Although their were many attempts to stop this tradition it wasn't until 1912 and 1915 officers could issue fines. Even though it became against the law, feet binding was still done secretly to young girls. 40-50% of women had their feet bound but for high class women it was a must.
How is that for fashion? There is a lot of women that want to be skinny like the models & actresses on t.v. and starve themselves among other things. Do you think you would ever get your feet bound if it was a fashion statement today?
Watch the movie below for more about foot binding.
Souces: http://www.theatlantic.com/, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/, http://en.wikipedia.org/, http://www.historyundressed.com/
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