Foot Binding: A Feminist Point of View

Carmen M. Cusack, Foot Binding: A Feminsit Point of View, 16 J. L. & Soc. Deviance 148 (2018).

26 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2019

Date Written: January 23, 2018

Abstract

Foot binding is a cultural tradition that has been portrayed in terms of feminism and subjugation of women. Generally, in the United States, it is not per se illegal. Arguments against it, which have not persuaded the law, but have infiltrated culture, appear to be xenophobic or bigoted. Section II of this Article examines some historical notes about foot binding in China and describes cultural input from Christians. Section III analyzes relevant law, which may be used to deter foot binding activities. Section IV compares ballet shoes and other western forms of body modification to Chinese foot binding. Section V criticizes feminist cultural attacks on foot binding. Section VI concludes that foot binding is an acceptable form of cultural expression.

Keywords: foot binding, culture, China, ballet, feminism, history

Suggested Citation

Cusack, Carmen M., Foot Binding: A Feminist Point of View (January 23, 2018). Carmen M. Cusack, Foot Binding: A Feminsit Point of View, 16 J. L. & Soc. Deviance 148 (2018).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3320923

Carmen M. Cusack (Contact Author)

Nova Southeastern University ( email )

3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
United States

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