Bound feet, the last to suffer

John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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For 1000 years, millions of Chinese girls had the bone in the top off each foot broken and their crippled feet tightly bound with cloth to prevent them developing normally. Men lusted over women with bound feet, and voyeurs spied on girls removing their bindings. In the West women suffered in corsets, but the deformed foot fetish of the Chinese went to extremes, with the folded foot sometimes used as an ‘extra vagina’. Banned for more than 100 years, bound feet can no longer be seen. This historical photograph of two elderly women with tiny feet encased in exquisite shoes was taken in Kunming, Yunnan Province China in 1982. Nikon FM2, 50 mm lense and kodachrome slide film.

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