Zhou Guizhen who is 86 years old, shows one of her bound feet where the bones in the four small toes were broken and forced underneath the foot over a period of time in China's southern Yunnan Province. Photo: AFP
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

All about sex: Real reason why Chinese women bound their feet ... and it wasn't for their pleasure

Early Western accounts of the alluring gait of China's bound-feet women ignored the belief underlying the practice - that it tightened the women's thigh and pelvic muscles and heightened the sexual pleasure of the men who possessed them, writes Jason Wordie

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Zhou Guizhen who is 86 years old, shows one of her bound feet where the bones in the four small toes were broken and forced underneath the foot over a period of time in China's southern Yunnan Province. Photo: AFP
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