For several hundred years, millions of Chinese girls had their bodies painfully misshapen to conform to a prevailing social expectation. Intact feet, girls were told, would damage their marriage prospects. Each excruciating procedure forced the girls to learn to walk anew, rereading the ground from an unfamiliar position and through unimaginable pain. The end result, no matter the motivation, was severe physical impairment. In spite of the pain after each kneading, the girl is forced to walk, in order to help re-establish circulation. The process could start when she was as young as 3 years old, though 5 was more common, and was repeated for two or three years—her toes routinely rebroken and bound again more tightly.
Watch fullscreen. Little girl rescued after getting foot stuck in cooking gas tank in Malaysia. This three-year-old girl had to be rescued by seven firemen after getting her foot stuck in a gas tank. The toddler was travelling in a car with her father from Balik Pulau in Penang, northwestern Malaysia on July 8 with a cooking gas below the back seat. She somehow managed to push her foot through the top of the metal cylinder, getting it firmly stuck. The panicked youngster began crying and her father had to drive her to the fire station.
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