Bound feet, the last to suffer by John Spies
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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.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit cavelodge.com). I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksover 5 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature Linda, much appreciated.

    – John Spies

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksover 5 years ago

  • Werner Padarin
    Werner Padarinover 5 years ago

    thanks for uploading this clear image and the story – great photojounalism

  • Thanks for the nice comment and compliment Werner.

    – John Spies

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 5 years ago

    March 8, 2010

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 5 years ago

    Oh my!

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