Monday, November 26, 2012

Cross Cultural Understanding

I always wondered about those ancient Chinese women who bound their feet (or, rather, who had them bound). Did people really get excited by these horrible disfigurements. I can barely look at the pictures without getting slightly nauseous. It is one of those things where I can see that other people did them, so it must have made sense at the time, but the thinking behind it is so terribly alien and foreign that I am literally unable to comprehend how this is a good idea.

Contrast this to plastic surgery, where the methods are similar. That is different for a number of reasons relating to professionalism and consent, but also because most plastic surgery operations, when successful, appear natural, as in, they exist at a more beautiful part of the continuum of human appearance. There are no natural people born with feet like that, and if they are it is a birth defect and really gross. Seriously China.

And then I see that apparently foot binding is merely a reflection of a more universal human desire. One that I am completely separated from. Don't know how real of a trend this is, but if this is how normal human beings think then I may have to rethink my opposition to genocide.

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