Foot Binding Radiograph

Foot binding was first practiced among the elite and only in the wealthiest parts of China, which suggests that binding the feet of well-born girls represented their freedom from manual labor.  This implied that the future husbands of such girls could afford wives who did not need to work, who existed solely to serve their men and direct household servants while performing no labor themselves.  By the 19th century, some 40–50% of Chinese women had bound feet; for upper class women, the figure was almost 100%. (From Wikipedia)

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