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Chinese Culture

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  1. Chinese Culture

  2. I. Women • A. Women in China lived according to Confucian rules • 1. They are not equal to men • 2. They are not worthy of an Education • B. Chinese girls were often not given names (daughter 1, 2, 3….)

  3. C. Married women had to serve their husbands and could not raise their voices • 1. Men could have more than one wife • 2. Girls could not remarry if their husbands’ died (penalty was execution) • 3. The role of women was to bear sons

  4. D. Marraiges were arranged • 1. Astology was used to make a good match • 2. After marriage, a girl became the “property” of her husband’s family • 3. The only way to elevate status was to have a son

  5. II. Footbinding • A. It began somewhere aroud 900AD during the Tang Dynasty • B. Foot binding was officially banned in 1911 • C. It is thought to have become popular at court where small feet were considered beautiful

  6. 1. The practice was then picked up by wealthy families throughout China • 2. Eventually, bound feet became a symbol of wealth • D. Girls without bound feet could not find a suitor for marriage • 1. Many poor women saw foot-binding as a way to elevate their status

  7. 2. This caused strain on poor families where all family members were needed to work • A. girls with bound feet could not work in the fields or stand for long periods of time • E. Bound feet kept women inferior-they could not move fast or venture far from home

  8. F. Foot binding began from as young as 3 to 6 or 7- bones had to be easy to break and arches couldn’t be fully developed • 1. Toes were broken and wrapped tightly to keep them from growing further • 2. Bandages were tightened every few days • 3. The whole procedure took about 10 years until feet stopped growing and were small and pointed