o begin, the mother must methodically break her daughter's bones. She wrenches the toes against the plantar fascia and binds them tight with ten feet of silk bandage. If they are broken properly, the feet will assume the shape of miniature crescent moons, with the toe and heel nearly touching. During the binding process, which typically begins when the girl is between five and seven years old, the feet are repeatedly broken over a period of up to three years. During that time, the pain is unspeakable: The feet become hypersensitive to heat and cold; walking is torture. The girl, who feels as though her body is being turned inside out with every step, begs to be released even for a few minutes a day. She may secretly loosen the bandages at night. For this her mother will... More >>>