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The Agony Of Chinese Foot Binding

By Gerard @presurfer
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Women have done many things for beauty throughout the course of history - from indifferently using arsenic or lead-based cosmetics, to ear and other body piercings, to yet more extreme forms of body modification.
One of the most agonizingly painful of such practices is the Chinese custom of foot binding, where the feet of women - typically young girls - were broken and bound until they were able to fit inside a tiny shoe. The practice probably originated among court dancers in the early Song dynasty, but spread to upper class families and eventually became common among all classes.The Presurfer

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