Welcome to CHINESE FOOT BINDING 101, photo #5
Or, HOW MAN TRIES TO "IMPROVE" ON NATURE, AND TOTALLY SCREWS THINGS UP.
From here on down, my little rant about how children got TORTURED WITHOUT ANESTHESIA by having their FEET PERMANENTLY CRUSHED AND BROKEN might be a bit boring and tedious for some of you cultural relativists and amateur misogynists out there, but...do I care ? Heck, No ! Suck it up, and get over it.
HERE'S THE DEAL :
You are about to get THREE YEARS OF PSYCHOPATHIC TORTURE condensed down to a 5-to-10-minute read --- a quick flash in the pan compared to an Ivy League lecture on the subject. However, as opposed to listening to a liberal scholar who delights in pandering to the adolescent arguments of "time-place", and the mindless doctrines of "cultural relativity", you might actually learn something from the below caption !
Now is your chance to turn back. Otherwise, take off your shoes, and grab a sledgehammer.
Here we go...
THE ABOVE HAND-TINTED 1930s HALFTONE IMAGE WAS MADE DIRECTLY FROM A REAL BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTO. IT WAS UN-ASHAMEDLY SOLD TO TOURISTS IN THE MANY SOUVENIR SHOPS OF CHINA. THIS, AND OTHERS LIKE IT, SHOW THE CLEAR RESULT OF EXTENDED HUMAN TORTURE. IT IS THE MOST GRAPHIC OF THE MANY PHOTOS ON THIS SET
NOTICE THAT THE HEEL BONE --- NORMALLY ROUNDED OUT TO THE BACK --- HAS DISAPPEARED, HAVING BEEN CRUSHED DOWNWARD AND INWARD TOWARD THE CENTER OF THE FOOT WHICH HAS NOW BECOME AN "ELEPHANT STUB".
WARNING : THE CAPTION BELOW CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS AND SEXUALLY EXPLICIT COMMENTS REFERENCING MALE AND FEMALE ANATOMY USING BOTH SLANG AND TECHNICAL TERMS.
That is to say, NFTK. (Not For The Kiddies)
NOTE : This caption ends with a link to horrendous photos of modern day ACID ATTACKS ON WOMEN
★ Those wishing to skip over the short "tone-setting" RANT on pathetic cultures that degrade women, may immediately skip and scroll down to.....
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ RIPPING A HUMAN FOOT APART ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
DEFINITION OF FOOT BINDING
The term "FOOT BINDING" is a pathetically evil euphemism that provides a lying misdirect for what was actually the physical crushing of almost all of the bones of both feet --- A HORRIBLE FORM OF RELENTLESS HUMAN TORTURE CARRIED ON FOR MANY YEARS WITHOUT ANESTHESIA, AND NO REST OR RESPITE FOR THE VICTIM, and..... it was done only to LITTLE GIRLS --- literally billions of them over one thousand years of history.
".......what we do know is that the process of binding a foot was agonizing -- so painful that by some estimates one girl in 10 died of shock in the first few days......"
This primitive, uncivilized, psychopathic torture was carried out for 1000 years by certain backward, ignorant, chauvinistic, mentally-still-in-the-stone-age Han Chinese tribes, for the self-serving, psycho-sexual reasons described further below.
I am well aware that the rest of humanity was, in many places, not much better. However, the Han Chinese (and the non-foot-binding Japanese who sold their little girls off to whore houses by the hundreds of thousands over the years) mistakenly flattered themselves by thinking that they actually were better than others --- superior in all things, bastions of heavenly culture, and examples of progressive civilizations for rest of the world.
BETTER THAN OTHERS ?
In the foot-binding lesson that follows, I will soon fix China's erroneous notion of themselves having any cultural or racial "superiority" over others, while equally implicating other nations and ignorant stone-age cultures that have not yet snapped out of their basic psychopathic predilections and ignorance concerning sexual issues.... even in the 21st Century. You know what I'm talking about --- those backward tribes and societies who continue to practice FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION and a host of other human travesties born of primitive, sexist inequalities.
NO DIFFERENT THAN WEARING HIGH HEELS ?
There are a few clueless websites out there that say Chinese foot binding was "....no different than a Western women wearing high-heeled shoes...". Allow me to remark that such brainless analogies qualify for the IGNORANT UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE MILLENNIUM AWARD, and display a knowledge of the subject that could be placed on the head of a rusty pin.
BUT WAIT ! The "Scholars" sound so "Scholarly" when they say things like, ".....Foot Binding, and the permanent, crippling disfigurement of little girls through years of bone-crushing torture is something that must be appreciated in a historical framework of time-place relativity, and understood in the cultural context that surrounded such practices....."
Good News ! Such scholars need not be feared or listened to.
TAKE NOTE :
Any male-dominated culture that puts women and young female children in a position to submit to any kind of cutting, slicing, crushing, horrific torture, permanent disfigurement, forced prostitution, or other diminishing of her sexual or psychological self --- under the "cultural threat" of facing a life without marriage, money, or children --- is a culture born straight from the pit of Hell, and worthy only of the greatest disgust, disdain, and harsh judgement without apology.
Further, any scholars who, in the name of "cultural and moral relativity" defend or excuse any form of such practices against women, can be written off as quacks and frauds.
Teachers and Authors who defend gender-based suffering imposed on women and children for the sake of satisfying the sexual and social "mob psychosis" of patriarchal societies and their mindless, infantile men --- either now, in the past, or in the future --- completely and automatically nullify any lettered diploma or credentials of their so-called "scholarship".
The pathetic failure of such educators who continually pander to the adolescent arguments of "time-place", "moral relativity", and "cultural context" --- while offering us their defensive pronouncements about human suffering and injustice --- is nothing more than a manifestation of ignorance coming from those who are totally disconnected from the real-time sufferings of the people and cultures they expound upon.
Such historians and scholars are simply "emperors with no clothes" who have been cloistered for too long in the sacred halls of academia. The rarefied air of their high position has affected their brains to the point where they abandon all judgment, understanding, and empathy for their fellow human beings who suffered at any time or place throughout history.
The best place for their published defense of (and half-baked excuses for) foot binding --- and all other manifestations of human ignorance and misogynist behavior --- is in the nearest trash can.
To the contrary, there is absolutely no obligation for anyone to respect, defend, or lobby for the preservation of any destructive cultural features of any tribe or nation, nor obligation to list such backward societies among those who take seriously the equality of human beings and the advancement of civilization.
---- Rob Oechsle (Okinawa Soba on Flickr) 2009.
And YES, you may quote me on that.
I have a Chinese friend whose mother and grandmother suffered such excruciating pain and physical sorrows their whole lives due to the debilitating effects of foot binding, that she remains filled with anger about her native country's old culture. I have no doubt that she would probably call anyone --- "scholars" included --- who defend such crippling torture of children (by employing the same adolescent "time-place, historical context" excuses given above) as nothing more than the incredibly ignorant drivel of idiots and psychopaths.
Now....on to some bone-breaking torture......
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ RIPPING A HUMAN FOOT APART ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The broken arch bones and dislocated heel (ripped apart from its ligaments and socket, all without anesthesia) was for the purpose of (as much as possible) folding the foot in half. This, of course, completely destroys the natural alignment of the leg-bone, ankle and heel to the point where -- after the toes and arches are also destroyed --- it no longer bears any resemblance to the human foot nature provided. The excruciating pain and other medical horrors that accompanied this torture of young girls was an added bonus to the physical, crippling deformities seen in the photo.
HOW DID THEY CRUSH AND SMASH IN THE HEELS ?
Although the toes had already been snapped and broken earlier on in the torture process by the force of the human hand, and the arch of the foot had to be bent, broken and twisted as well, how could someone have the strength to actually force the bone joints and ligaments of the heel apart as shown in the photo ?
A resident of China remarked that the feet were bound, and the child was then made to jump from a table. No doubt, the front of the already-mangled feet were bound in a pulled up position (relative to the leg bones) that forced a landing on the heels --- repetitively, if needed --- causing the heels and leg bones to rip out of the ankle joints. The loose, broken heel bone could then be more-easily folded down, and in, resulting in the deformed rearrangement of nature that you see in the above photo.
During this period of breaking and mangling the bones, ".....the girls are made to walk long distances so that their own weight [further] crushes their feet into shape. The flesh of the foot would also be lacerated, or sharp objects may be inserted in the bandage to encourage 'excess' flesh to rot away so that smaller feet may be achieved.
If the girl cried out in pain during this torture, she was liable to being beaten for it. (Some actual testimony further below).
WAS "HEEL-CRUSHING" THE END OF THE PROCESS ?
NO ! While being made to walk on the freshly broken bones of the arch, heel, and toes (in order that her natural body would weight crush them even more), the little girl would then re-learn to how to walk with a crippled, hobbling gait (called the "LOTUS GAIT") --- usually with constant pain that she learned to live with for the rest of her life. The two-to-three-year process of re-forming the feet led to the death of at least 10% of the once happy girls
NOTE : I have talked to few wacky Americans who, while decrying the so-called "mental torture" of the CIA's water boarding techniques, think that the above described real physical torture of young girls was completely OK, because it was (ahem) "a culture that must be understood in the context of the age in which it was practiced".
Holy Mother of God. Talk about liberal bullsh*t !
And bullsh*t is just what "Moral and Cultural Relativity" happens to be in this and many other cases where human
degradation and torture is excused under the guise of "culture and tradition".
WHY DID THE MEN OF OLD HAN CHINA ALLOW THIS BARBARIC PRACTICE TO CONTINUE ?
And, no...it was NOT for some Chinese aesthetic or cultural notions of perceived beauty.
Such "beauty" comments (usually based on primary Chinese sources of the time) are what so-called scholars fail to recognize as "euphemism", and "lying misdirection" originally concocted by heartless Chinese misogynists in order to mask the real reason for the practice.
★ Foot Binding was done simply to cater to several billion men's fantasies of having a breeding cow (that is, a wife) with a tight vagina ......supposedly brought about by her having to use her thigh muscles in an extreme manner in order to walk and maintain balance in her maimed and crippled state.
Without the crippled feet to act as a supposed indicator of a tight vagina, it was felt that a man would not want her for marriage. After all, as half the men of the celestial kingdom seemed to believe, "...the grip of a gal's genitalia, is good for whatever might ail ya..."
WHY A TIGHT VAGINA ?
Okinawa_Soba will now go on record to sarcastically remark that THE REASON THESE PARTICULAR MEN OF CHINA WANTED WOMEN WITH VERY TIGHT VAGINAS WAS BECAUSE THESE MEN HAD VERY SMALL PECKERS --- SO SMALL, IN FACT, THAT A NORMAL, HEALTHY VAGINA WAS LIKE THE MAMMOTH CAVE OF KENTUCKY COMPARED TO THEIR LITTLE PENCIL-STUB DING DONGS.
A foot-binding Han from old China
Always dreamed of a tiny Vagina.
His pecker, you see
Was the size of a flea
Imported from North Carolina.
Of course, the above analogy and limerick actually refers to the size of the men's heart's, and NOT their private parts. And how do we know that ?
BECAUSE ---- When CHAIRMAN MAO outlawed foot binding after WW2, the men's little pecks of pickled peppers miraculously returned to NORMAL SIZE, and they discovered that sex with a NORMAL VAGINA (as opposed to a crippled one) was perfectly fine. It's amazing what a death threat can do to restore the length and girth to a wimpy guy's little gummi worm.
BLESSED BE THE FOLDS THAT BIND US
In any case, keeping the "small pecker = small heart" thing alive for a moment, you can later go to the CHINESE FOOT BINDING 101 link given further down BELOW, and find (among other things) a more explicit description of how these small-hearted men sexually satisfied themselves by using the INNER FOLDS OF THE CRUSHED FEET as an ALTERNATIVE TO THE ACTUAL VAGINA. This enlightening commentary will be found in the PART 3 section on SEX. You have been forewarned.
Interestingly, the MANCHU women, who were prohibited from binding their feet, came up with a way to fake out the men with their own phony "I-have-a-tight-vagina Lotus Gait" to give an artificial appearance of the effects of foot binding : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3463650657/
"........Foot-binding is something of Chinese civilization's dirty little secret, and like a mad relative the family pretends doesn't exist, it's seen as something shameful and to be forgotten. Most [modern] books on Chinese culture and history make no, or only passing, reference to it.....
★ The author's grandmother had her feet bound by her mother when she was two years old. First a long piece of cloth was wound around her feet, and all the toes except the big toe bent [and broken] under the sole. Then.....
......she placed a large stone on top to crush the arch. My grandmother screamed in agony and begged her to stop. Her mother had to stick a cloth into her mouth to gag her. My grandmother passed out repeatedly from the pain.....
The binding process lasted for several years during which time she was unable to walk. For years my grandmother lived in relentless, excruciating pain. When she pleaded with her mother to untie the bindings, her mother would weep and tell her that unbound feet would ruin her entire life, and that she was doing it for her own future happiness."
The ugly truth was that if a mother did listen to the pleas and remove the bindings the daughter would face a life of contempt, be an outcast, and in later years blame rather than thank her mother.
What kind of culture would compel mothers to cripple and torture their daughters, perpetuate the pain that they could remember so well themselves?
And through a thousand years of torture where were all the great scholars and philosophers, the outrage; what criticism was there, what resistance? There was almost nothing but complete silence until missionaries and western ideas came into China......."
WHY CRIPPLED MOTHERS CRIPPLED THEIR OWN DAUGHTERS
NOTE : OKINAWA SOBA GOES ON RECORD TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH THE MOTHERS MIGHT HAVE TRULY FEARED THE WORST FOR THEIR DAUGHTERS IF THEY DID NOT HAVE CRUSHED AND DEFORMED FEET, THEIR FEAR WAS BASED ON A SET OF COMPLETE LIES PROMULGATED BY MEN WHOSE ONLY INTEREST WAS MAINTAINING THE SUBSERVIENCE OF WOMEN VIA THEIR BARBARIC, SELF-SERVING CUSTOMS AND PATHETIC SEXUAL FANTASIES.
Knowing this, we may ask WHY the Han women of China put up with this cultural crap of male instigated child torture, even to point of mothers and sisters eventually being the ones to break the little feet of their own children and siblings ? It's called the STOCKHOLM SYNDROME --- on family, tribal, and national scale :
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WHEN DEALING WITH EVIL THINGS
Basically, what I just said above was this :
"MEN WHO MAIN AND TORTURE LITTLE GIRLS HAVE LITTLE PECKERS".
But, for the sake of honesty and fairness, let me add this : THEY ARE ALSO GUTLESS, COWARDLY WIMPS WHO HAVE NO BALLS.
Now that we have that settled, is such a remark --- sarcastic or otherwise --- an inflammatory one ? Well, it depends on whose side you are on --- the one doing the torturing, or the innocent child.
More specifically, are these RACIST REMARKS ? HELL, NO ! These are ANTI-FOOTBINDER REMARKS ! Half of China totally agreed with what I just said, and made regional and tribal laws prohibiting any kind of torturous child molestation like foot binding.
No doubt, the more advanced MANCHU and MINORITY TRIBES of China looked on the foot-binding HAN CHINESE as bunch of complete idiots. After all, you'd have to have a few screws loose somewhere to spend 1000 years torturing and maiming little girls.
However, Okinawa_Soba is also saying that MEN EVERYWHERE, in ALL COUNTRIES, who preside over a culture of, or personally participate in the mutilation, torture, or suppression of WOMEN AND CHILDREN, are gutless wimps with little peckers and no balls. They are also psychopaths. Psychopath and wimp are usually not adjectives used together to describe a person, but in this case, that's the way it is. I repeat, men everywhere who rape, torture, and abuse women and children, have (emotionally speaking) pencil stubs for peckers, and absolutely no balls.
REPEATED FROM ABOVE :
Any male-dominated culture that puts women and young female children in a position to submit to any kind of cutting, slicing, crushing, horrific torture, permanent disfigurement, and diminishing of her sexual or psychological self --- under the "cultural threat" of facing a life without marriage, money, or children --- is a culture worthy only of the greatest disgust and disdain..... There is no obligation to respect such a culture, nor obligation to list these backward nations among those who take seriously the equality of human beings and the advancement of civilization..
HEY, YOU SHOULDN'T SAY THINGS LIKE THAT !
To the contrary, we ALL should say things like this to the men of every culture and every tribe who oversee the destruction --- either partial or complete --- of their mothers, sisters, and daughters.
Chairman Mao would have said it no differently than I have --- except that he would have said it in Chinese so that all of his fellow "comrades with little peckers" (and un-descended testicles) would grow up, and stop smashing the feet of their women.
CULTURES AND REGIMES BASED ON RACISM AND SLAVERY
If I made a sarcastic or derisive remark against the SOUTHER SLAVE CULTURE of OLD AMERICA, or even the megalomaniac HITLER AND HIS NAZI MINIONS OF WW2 AND THE HOLOCAUST, the more enlightened and educated peoples of the World would find no fault with me. Every nation has their Devils, and this caption is about that.
TIME TO GET OUT THE SCALES !
Let's weigh my little flickr caption against the BILLIONS of men who tortured and maimed 4.5 BILLION little girls for a heart-breaking 1000 years. Then you tell me whose conduct deserves to be sarcastically and derisively described for the sickening madness that it was.
These are not incendiary, hate-filled remarks of a racist nature; instead, my words are the derisive mocking of evil men who practiced a horrific culture of child-torture --- all as an investment in an imagined sexual payoff --- or those who built their plantations and wealth on the backs of those bought and sold on the auction blocks of hell, or the rapists and murderers who drink genocide from their gilded bowls.
MORAL AND CULTURAL RELATIVITY
For you sensitive readers who think to yourselves, "Oh my, Okinawa Soba is so base and crude in his comments....", I have news for you : NOTHING I SAY HERE COULD EVER COME CLOSE TO THE BASE AND CRUDE CONDUCT of the BASE AND CRUDE MEN whose BASE AND CRUDE FOOT-BINDING CULTURE tortured and maimed BILLIONS OF GIRLS FOR A THOUSAND YEARS.
THERE IS NO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS THAT CAN DEFEND THE TORTURE AND CRIPPLING OF SMALL CHILDREN.
Unbelievably, the World Wide Web is full of foot binding pages that treat the subject with "kid glove" apologetics, while others report on the matter with overtones of sacred respect and "historical context" with no regard for the suffering of the victims.
These are usually the same folks who think GENITAL MUTILATION is the equivalent of getting a ROSE TATTOO on your ass.
".......The custom of foot binding is commonly cited by sociologists and anthropologists as examples of how an extreme deformity by contemporary standards can be viewed [by men] as a source of "beauty and pleasure", and how immense human suffering can be inflicted upon girls [by men] in the pursuit of female beauty [perception of artificially produced "sexuality"]......"
As for me, I long for the day when all such cultures are tossed on the trash heap of discarded human madness, never to rear their ugly heads ever again. The sooner such cultures are eliminated from the realm of humanity, the better for all of us.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ACID ATTACKS ON WOMEN ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Should we consider acid attacks on women, and "honor killings" as legitimate forms of male cultural expression in countries where religious and political leaders express "understanding" and solidarity with their fellow males, and "concurrence via lack of meaningful prosecution" ?
The Answer : HELL, NO !
While FOOT BINDING has largely faded from the world's stage, and GENITAL MUTILATION remains as an immovable rock, a relatively NEW AND TOLERATED CULTURE of PERMANENTLY MAIMING AND CRIPPLING WOMEN has arisen during the past decades.
While the CHINESE TORTURE OF WOMEN was as a social coercive and cultural black-mail aimed at locking women into a tightly controlled, sexually position in a male dominated world --- the whole process being euphemised as a means of "beautifying" the women --- the torturous and horrific ACID ATTACKS of South and Eastern Asia are meant to have an opposite effect --- attempted removal of woman from potential marriage and motherhood, via disfigurement by men who have uncontrolled, adolescent "revenge" issues, and conspiring adult males with warped "honor" and religious issues --- most all of it "culturally tolerated" by the societies in which it occurs.
"........Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times op-ed columnist who traveled to Pakistan last year to write about acid attacks, put it this way in an essay at the time: “I’ve been investigating such acid attacks, which are commonly used to terrorize and subjugate women and girls in a swath of Asia from Afghanistan through Cambodia (men are almost never attacked with acid). Because women usually don’t matter in this part of the world, their attackers are rarely prosecuted and acid sales are usually not controlled. It’s a kind of terrorism that becomes accepted as part of the background noise in the region......
“Bangladesh has imposed controls on acid sales to curb such attacks, but otherwise it is fairly easy in Asia to walk into a shop and buy sulfuric or hydrochloric acid suitable for destroying a human face. Acid attacks and wife burnings are common in parts of Asia because the victims are the most voiceless in these societies: They are poor and female.
The first step is simply for the world to take note, to give voice to these women.” Since 1994, a Pakistani activist who founded the Progressive Women’s Association (www.pwaisbd.org) to help such women “has documented 7,800 cases of women who were deliberately burned, scalded or subjected to acid attacks, just in the Islamabad area. [extrapolate those numbers to the rest of this populous nation] In only 2 percent of those cases was anyone convicted.......”
★ THE PHOTOS : blogs.tampabay.com/photo/2009/11/terrorism-thats-personal...
NOTE : Web links to many historic and modern sources are found throughout the longer FOOT BINDING caption linked to just below.
This COMPLETE 101 COURSE, as well as the gruesome details of how the feet were actually crushed, are found in the caption of this photo : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3462167744/in/set-7215...
The above photo is crop down on a three-color halftone postcard that was sold in the souvenir shops of Shanghai back in the 1920s.
Not unlike the Japanese selling postcard pictures of their caged prostitutes to the tourists in Yokohama.
Postcards and photographs of women who were used, abused, and crippled by men for their own cultural pleasures are always best sellers !
Ask yourself this : Would you would cripple you own daughter for life if everyone else in the country was doing it to THEIR daughters ? Or...would you take a stand, and start an anti-foot-binding movement ?
If there is one thing we humans hate, it's taking a stand for something...and Okinawa Soba is tired of listing to a parade of "third world guests" on America's NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO who have nothing better to do than call for "complete toleration and respect for all cultures of the world".
The second we start accepting, tolerating, and respecting all backward, stone-aged cultures of the world, we can kiss our collective asses goodbye.