||03-05-2008 07:35 PM
OK first of all, if you are squeamish in any way; do NOT click the picture links. I can't stress this enough. I am not squeamish at all, and even I felt my feet twitch looking at the photos. Also, some of the descriptions are a bit graphic, ie going into detail. So if this applies to you, then back out of the topic NOW.
Anyways, I did a project on footbinding in History once for A-level; I chose it cuz it tied in well with the subject of women's rights which we were studying at the time as well as being a good example of how women are put thru pain and torment just to please men. I recently looked at links online and was once again horrified by the photos and descriptions of the act; at one time in China, a girl with normal feet rather than bound "lotus hooks" would be shunned by all and find it impossible to get married. Mothers would bind their daughters' feet out of love due to this; this happened as early as seven years old and walking on such deformed feet would be difficult.
Here are some picture and article links; remember my warning before you click.
Footbinding - Google Image Search
Chinese Foot Binding
Foot binding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
CHINESE FOOT BINDING
So, next time you moan at your parents for being unfair to you, remember... it could be worse. O_o