PS – I will never complain about my pointe shoes again. They are a million times more humane than the shoes and bindings these girls were forced to wear.
Snow Flower and Foot Binding April 10, 2008
I am currently reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Last night I read the chapter on foot binding. It was one of the most difficult things to get through that I've ever read. I never understood what foot binding actually was – I think I just thought that feet were prevented from growing somehow. I can't believe that centuries of Chinese girls were forced to undergo this excruciating process. And this went on up until the 1920s – until human rights and women's rights groups got involved. I ended up researching it online last night because the chapter affected me so much. I know most of you have already read this book – did you have a similar reaction?