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How Chinese Christians Ended Foot Binding in China, a Painful Ritual Among Chinese Women

How Chinese Christians Ended Foot Binding in China, a Painful Ritual Among Chinese Women

Small feet on women were considered attractive in Han Chinese culture, and, over time, the practice grew increasingly extreme. In fact, by the sixteenth century, the foot binding process broke the bones in young girls’ feet. The goal was to produce “lotus feet,” with the ideal feet being no longer than 4 inches. Women with “lotus feet” were able to only manage small steps and would sway as they walked, something considered alluring by Chinese men.