Tag Archives: self-mutilation

Chinese footbinding: A millenium of mutilation

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   A high caste woman with her feet unwrapped. From Women Of All Nations (London & New York: Underwood & Underwood, 1911), 532. Via Wikimedia. Public domain. “Foot binding is the most incendiary and least controversial subject in modern Chinese history.”1 – Dorothy Ko, professor of History and Women’s Studies, Barnard […]

Scarification: harmful cultural practice or vehicle to higher being?

Kenneth Michael Felsenstein Bethesda, Maryland, United States Scarification is the act of “covering, disguising and transforming the body”1 by creating wounds in one’s own flesh in order to cause indelible markings. It is perhaps one of the most misunderstood body modification procedures done today, largely perceived in Western society as a tabooed and harmful cultural practice.2 […]