Every Step a Lotus

Every Step a Lotus - Kimberly Zhang Every Step a Lotus...

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Kimberly Zhang Every Step a Lotus Reading Narratives of Footbinding 1. Footbinding is barbaric and synonymous with women’s oppression a. Footbinding celebrated women’s skills and became a focal point of female identity b. Displayed a woman’s efforts and pride c. Testimonies to a woman’s status in a society that valued domesticity and women’s handwork 2. Footbinding immobilized Chinese women a. Women needed many different kinds of shoes (overshoes, sleeping shoes, rain shoes, etc.) b. Not as crippling as previously assumed 3. Women were victims of male ideals of feminine beauty, small feet were exotic and erotically enticing a. Does not view footbinding as a senseless or perverted act b. Footbinding was a reasonable course of action for a woman who lived in a Confucian culture that placed the highest moral value on domesticity, motherhood, and handwork c. Binding of feet created a woman who fit these ideals d. Western novels fail to take the woman’s material culture and domestic environment
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2009 for the course 220 242 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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