Before the Debate: Foot Binding
By: Barry Belmont

Since we’re going to be addressing so many topics in the up-coming meeting (on life, the body, and the State) I thought I would provide us a little structure by giving examples of how society, culture, and government affect the sanctity of human life and morph the human form. We’ll start at the toes and work our way up to the head showcasing examples of where ‘self’ and ‘others’ come smashing together.

This first example is the infamous foot binding of China. Chinese women, at a very early age, have their feet bound (quite painfully) for cultural and symbolic reasons. The only question you should ask yourself while watching this video is: Should this be legally permissible to do this to a child?

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