At Granny Mountains Blog she had pictures of some unusual shoes - some were pretty and some were extremely weird. It made me think of this picture I had saved and wondered what kind of shoes this woman wore and why. Look at her feet. They have actually folded!
Why would she do that?
Women chose, as was frequent in a male dominant society, to bind their own feet. It was thought to be fashionable and a mark or distinction to have bound and almost nonfunctional feet. Chinese foot binding was then inflicted on young female children, with mothers performing the binding when girls were as young as five.
One result of Chinese foot binding was extreme pain. The first year of Chinese foot binding would result in breakage of four toes. They would knit back together in a deformed fashion, and young girls would have to walk solely on their heels to avoid walking on the painful toes. Chinese foot binding also inhibited normal growth of the feet so that the bound feet of grown women were extremely small.
It was supposely outlawed in 1911.
What are you thinking now?
Happy Birthday Jane Goodall - wikipedia
Jane Goodall was born in London, UK in 1934. As a child she was given a lifelike chimpanzee toy named Jubilee by her mother. Jubilee started her early love of animals. Today, the toy still sits on her dresser in London. "My mother's friends were horrified by this toy, thinking it would frighten me and give me nightmare" Jane writes in her book, Reason For Hope.
Goodall has been married twice. On 28 March 1964 she married aristocratic wildlife photographer Baron Hugo van Lawick at Chelsea Old Church, London, becoming Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall. The couple had a son, Hugo Eric Louis, affectionately known as 'Grub', who was born in 1967. They divorced amicably in 1974. In 1975 she married Derek Bryceson and they remained married until his death in 1980.
Jane and her younger sister, Judy, both suffer from prosopagnosia, a neurological condition which impairs the recognition of human faces.
Goodall is best known for her study of chimpanzee social and family life.