5. Foot binding
Also knows as “lotus” feet, foot binding was the practice in imperial China. Of binding a girl’s feet when she reached the age of five, to stop them from growing. The toes were bent underneath the sole of the foot which was a very dangerous procedure resulting in illness, infection, and even death. Women with lotus feet were identified by their unique walk and foot shape and were considered the most beautiful and sexually pleasing. Because their feet meant they were of such high status that they didn’t have to work. Those who were poor and were unable to have their feet bound. Meant that they needed their regular foot shape to work all day long, this giving them a lower rank in society. This practice was banned in 1912 but up until recently, elderly Chinese women could be seen bearing the lasting effects of foot binding.