What was it like to be a woman crippled by bound feet? This question has always haunted me ever since I was a child when I learnt about the bound feet women in China.
I have been researching this question for my story performance Bound Feet Blues.
You can read my essay about the practice of footbinding and how it affected generations of women emotionally and pyschologically over at my main blog StoryGuru.co.uk: see “Bound Feet Blues: What was it like to be a woman crippled by bound feet in ancient China?”
“For a thousand years, women crippled their daughters to create perfect dainty little bound feet which were beloved by men and became the currency for a good marriage. What was it like to be one of those women? Why did they carry on such a cruel practice?
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Photo: flyer for Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes – from the author’s personal archive