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Footbinding: The Ultimate Symbol of Women’s Oppression & Old China’s Backwardness? Recommended Reading: Dorothy Ko, Every Step a Lotus
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Body Modification Examples Reasons
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Cultural Constructions of Gender Response to biological fact of male & female Relative to each culture Extremes: Gender as a performance vs. biologically determined
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Women in China Women valued but unequal All 3 together determine an individual’s status Notions of Gender Yin/yang Earth/heaven Nei/wai = inside/outside Separate spheres -- domestic/public “Three follows”
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History of Footbinding First excavated shoes, 1200’s First text reference: Poem, Han Wo, 9th Chinese Cinderella story: Ye Shen, 9th 6th c. dancers 3” golden lotus Recommended reading: Feng Jicai, Three Inch Golden Lotus
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How it’s done By mother or professional binder
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Unformatted text preview: Private: womans work, ritual, in family Around 6 Technique Wrap foot Constrain growth Displace mass Stretch ligaments Good technique & hygiene = good result No broken bones or infection Good surface to walk on Crippling? (grannies on Mt. Tai) Why do it? Usual answers: oppression, crippling, keep women in their place (inside), show off wealth Marxist answer: false consciousness Sources: May 4th movement modernizers Western Missionaries Why do it? (According to the Women) Distinguish between men & women (Ebrey) Live as woman in mans world (Ko) Show discipline, talent, & virtue Erotic pleasure & intrigue Show ability to provide for self & family: skills Gifts & communication betw/ women Marriage requirement Upward class mobility...
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2010 for the course HIEA 128 taught by Professor Cahill during the Summer '09 term at UCSD.

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