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WHAT PRICE BEAUTY? Women Sever Toes to Fit High Heels

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Michie

    Michie Perch Perkins. Catholic reporter. ;) Supporter

    1640 A.D.:

    Virtually all women in China bind their feet to attract a suitor.

    The painful practice was outlawed by the Qing Dynasty in 1902, but remained common until 1949, when the Communists assumed power and foot binding was finally ended. The practice has been decried by modern-day feminists as a classic example of societal oppression of women.

    2012 A.D.:
    Women in U.S. have toes amputated to fit into excruciating high heeled shoes.

    It boggles the mind why a contemporary woman, free from the bondage of male supremacy and capable of self-determination, would subject herself to the pain and disfigurement of amputation—and for what? To combat diabetes? Cancer? Necrotizing fasciitis?


    In the pursuit of fashion, an increasing number of American women are choosing to have their toes shortened or even amputated in order to fit into today’s sky-high stilettos.

    Wikipedia offers a description of the painful foot binding that was once customary in China.

    Continued- WHAT PRICE BEAUTY? Women Sever Toes to Fit High Heels
  2. mountaintop

    mountaintop Newbie

    What is odd is that women are still blaming men on this along with the portrayal of anorexic women in magazines for supposedly wanting this when no straight man wants this. The people that are coming up with all these destructive body practices/images (and the stuff in the media) are women and gay men. Straight men don't decide what's going on the cover of Cosmo or whatever (nor is it designed with the intention of attracting men or concerned with men's interests, its the exact opposite).
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  3. Genersis

    Genersis *Sigh*

    United Kingdom
    Don't you think this is something that just about everyone dislikes?
    I don't see how you can pin it on any group specifically...
    Be it women or gay men.
    As i'm sure most of those people also think such stupid...
  4. TheOtherHockeyMom

    TheOtherHockeyMom Contributor

    Well, as a confessed shoe fanatic, even I think that is going too far.