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Cultures & Values ~ Colicchio

Gender Roles

Two identical photos side by side in one stereoview sheet circa 1900s of a young Chinese girl dressed in a white robe sitting in front of a mirror with a rear reflection of herself. She sits with her feet up showing her bound feet, part of a Chinese practice called foot binding. Beneath the picture on the right has a caption that says (22) A high caste Lady's dainty Lily feet -- showing method of deformity (shoe worn on great toe only) -- China.

For nearly a thousand years, women in China were subjected to the practice of foot binding. The tradition began more than a thousand years ago during the Song Dynasty and continued into the early 20th century. Young girls’ feet were tightly wrapped, misshaping them over the years to achieve what was perceived as a status symbol and a mark of beauty. The process usually began between the ages of four and nine, and caused pain, infections, and difficulty in walking.

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