Author : Havva Meryem İMRE
Type : Derleme
Printing Year : Aralık 2020
Doi Number : http://dx.doi.org/10.29228/ijiia.133
Number : 11
Term : 5.Cilt Kasım/Aralık Kış Dönemi
Date : 2020-05-05 13:55:02
During the period between 960 and 1200 AD it was a tradition of applying tight bindings to the feet of young Chinese women. Those bindings modified the shape of their feet. They gained popularity as a status symbol among upper class Chinese women in the 12th Century, “The era of Song Dynasty”. Foot binding, being painful and ugly looking continued to be important among low and high class women from the 12th Century till 20th Century. Its still remains an unsolved mystery why any social class of Chinese women indigenised this procedure.
The effects of dancing and walking with small steps of women during the Song Dynasty has contributed to the small feet of the dancing women. These movements reminded men of the lotus flowers moved by the wind marking the effect of eroticism.
This practice, which is a symbol of women's oppression and male domination, has been developed under the philosophy of Confucius, his moral values and the maturation of humanity, in order to strengthen the social position of the woman and increase her dignity in the society, except for her free will, not to react to the formation of behaviour and physical condition in line with traditions.
In this study we examined the reasons of the chinese women’s understanding of beauty in the historical processes. Her position in social life and the increase of her respectability by the form of the foot and the traditional processes applicating the foot bindings. Next to this we have examined the studies of the bindings of the foot and the effects of physical deformation of the body together with the Lotus shoe forms of women and their perception of beauty in respect with this form of the foot and form of the Lotus shoes.