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  • Chinese Foot Binding

    Chinese Foot Binding The ancient and painful practice of Chinese foot binding existed for almost 900 years. It began in the 10th century and ended in the 19th century (Foreman). Foot binding is the practice of breaking and wrapping young girl’s feet in order to create a small, lotus shape. It permanently deformed women’s feet in such a way that doing daily activities or actions was difficult. Chinese foot binding was an unnecessary and painful process that kept women subservient to men. The exact origin of foot binding in China is unknown, but the most common belief is that it originated in the 10th century by a court dancer named Yao Niang. She would bind her feet in the shape of a new moon and then dance on her toes inside of a six foot…

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  • Foot Binding History

    According to Li Xiu-ying, a bearer of the act of foot binding, “I knew that already because every woman I ever saw had bound feet. Before the Communists came I never even heard of a woman not having bound feet.” Foot binding began in tenth century China and was very popular during the Song and the Qing dynasties. Although it caused many health complications and lifelong disabilities, foot binding became popular by a process of displaying status and also embraced as a symbol of beauty in Chinese…

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  • The Practice Of China's Foot Binding

    The Practice of Chinese Foot Binding For over 1,000 years the practice of bending and breaking young woman's feet was seen as the ultimate symbol of feminine beauty. The tradition known as “foot binding” originated in China's royal court and spread through the lower classes rampantly by the 12th century. By the rise of the Qing Dynasty, all young women were expected to have their feet bound if they wished to marry. The strange practice was eventually outlawed in 1912, but by then over 3…

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  • Chinese Foot Binding History

    What is foot binding? Throughout the history, as we all know, women have tried many ways to make themselves more beautiful, attractive and desirable. They have tried to change their bodies to satisfy men, to be superior to the other women in terms of beauty and attractiveness. And, one of the ways for altering their body for the purpose of beauty was foot binding in Chinese history. I would like to give some definition of foot binding. It is “a painful tradition in China of binding young girls’…

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  • Foot Binding In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    Doing away with this type of culture actually helped everyone. “Thanks to some movement that was against this practice, it could ultimately be banished… The main reason against foot binding was suffering felt by the women in their lives… Finally in 1911 through the revolution of San Yat Sen, the tradition {and culture} of foot binding was totally banned” (Foot Binding 1). Foot binding was a very gruesome process and caused immense amounts of pain. Some girls would try and run away from their…

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  • How Did Foot Binding Influence Chinese Culture

    Foot binding started in the Tenth Century after a favourite concubine of the emperor was seen dancing with her feet bound and other concubines mimicked her, wishing to gain favour with emperor. Not long after, foot binding spread to all of the royal court, and then most of China. Originally, bound feet were a sign of social status as only those who did not need their feet to work and had money bound their feet, however small feet were later adopted as a sign of beauty. Tiny feet and the gait…

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  • The Human Foot

    The Foot There are many body parts that look similar when examining the skeleton of humans and our closest living relatives. These similarities are important in understanding where humans, as a species, stand in the complex evolutionary world. Although the similarities are important, the differences are what make Homo sapiens the only habitually bipedal animal on earth. The subtle differences are what allow the species to travel so efficiently and use the other limbs to manipulate the world. The…

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  • Footbinding Reflection

    why this was assigned to us. This book seemed outdated and I doubt I will have clients who are from this era. Footbinding is a very old custom that is no longer practiced; there may be one or two women who are still alive with bound feet. Also, the setting of this book was in the 1800s, China’s culture is significantly different now. I was thinking too immediate; through further introspection I realized these old outdated traditions are still in practice today in different forms. I would…

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  • Expectations And Standards In Margie Piercy's Barbie Doll

    Expectations and standards for women in society are unrealistic and outrageous. These thoughts of what a woman should be like and how they should behave have been around for centuries. Woman are often times looked down upon when they don’t look like how society tells them to and this can cause a number of things to go wrong in their self image and life. Unfortunately these high expectations have had an extremely negative impact on females. In Margie Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll” she discusses the…

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  • Functional Movement System Case Study

    home-based exercise program that was shown to improve ankle range of motion. We recommended that subject 1 follow their program of warm up, resisted plantar flexion, and passive dorsiflexion for up to six months or until the normative value for dorsiflexion is reached. In addition, another possible intervention is an ankle mobility drill. This is when the participants goes to a wall and places one foot a few inches from the wall and the other foot places behind. The participant will then touch…

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