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Cinderella's Sisters A Revisionist History of Footbinding Philip A Lilienthal Asian Studies Imprint Download á 104 î ✸ [PDF] ✈ Cinderella's Sisters A Revisionist History of Footbinding Philip A Lilienthal Asian Studies Imprint By Dorothy Ko ✴ ̵The history of footbinding is full A Revisionist PDF #186 of contradictions and unexpected turns The practice originated in the dance culture of China's medieval court and spread to gentry families Cinderella's Sisters eBook #207 brothels maid's uarters and peasant households Conventional views of footbinding as patriarchal oppression often neglect its complex history and the incentives of the women involved This revisionist history Sisters A Revisionist MOBI #237 elegantly written and meticulously researched presents a fascinating new picture of the practice from its beginnings in the tenth century to its demise in the twentieth ce. Clearly I am still not ready for cultural relativism students are always so fascinated with Chinese foot binding that I was interested to see further explanation especially one which posited that the practice was the opposite of the supposed envy cruelty violence objectification After many skin crawling illustrations and creepy tiny exuisite shoes shoes which make the point that women were the uasi medical practitioners made the shoes as a skilled craft got enormous social cachet out of the practice and celebrated it in story and song I submit that they were pretty invested it it and that it is still horrific

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Ntury Neither Sisters A Revisionist History of PDFEPUB or condemning nor defending foot binding Dorothy Ko debunks many myths and misconceptions about its origins development and eventual end exploring in the process the entanglements of male power and female desires during the practice's thousand year history Cinderella's Sisters argues that rather than stemming from sexual perversion men's desire for bound feet was connected to larger concerns such as cultural nostalgia regional rivalries and claims of male privilege Nor were women hapless victims the author contends Ko describes how women those who could afford it bound their own. Most people approach the subject of footbinding in China with a gross fascination How could someone do that to themselves A daughter How could it be considered attractive After reading Beverly Jackson's Splendid Slippers and searching the internet for images and articles I decided to delve as deep as possible into a cultural history of the practiceDorothy Ko's book puts footbinding in as complete a context as I have encountered She includes excerpts from texts of footbinding fetishists images stories of small foot contests and the cultural implications of the size of a woman's foot As you delve into this text footbinding becomes less strange and I gained a great appreciation for what it meant to Chinese society before it was outlawed and eventually discreditedThis book is not for the casual reader it is an academic text and reads slowly for someone simply looking for a uick glimpse at footbinding For those simply looking for a basic understanding of the practice I recommend Splendid Slippers or Ko's other book Every Step a Lotus

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Cinderella's Sisters A Revisionist History of Footbinding Philip A Lilienthal Asian Studies ImprintAnd their daughters' feet to signal their high status and self respect Femininity like the binding of feet was associated with bodily labor and domestic work and properly bound feet and beautifully made shoes both reuired exuisite skills and technical knowledge passed from generation to generation Throughout her narrative Ko deftly wields Sisters A Revisionist History of PDFEPUB or methods of social history literary criticism material culture studies and the history of the body and fashion to illustrate how a practice that began as embodied lyricism as a way to live as the poets imagined ended up being an exercise in excess and fol. This book is the reason why I want to write cultural history Period Best approach to a topic as sensitive and emotionally wrought as footbinding I even wrote an extended historiographical review for this book and talked about how crucial is is to the developments of feminist scholarships and modern Chinese cultural history