telophase: (cat - bitch please)
Earlier this week I grabbed a couple of books on the Han Chinese custom of footbinding, after seeing them recommended on [livejournal.com profile] little_details and finding they were in the library. One of them, Dorothy Ko's Every Step a Lotus, is quite interesting and analyzes the practice as more than just a barbaric practice inflicted on women* or a bizarre erotic thing.**

The other one... )

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