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Chinese Foot Binding
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Foot fetishism , foot partialism , foot worshipping  or podophilia , is a pronounced sexual interest in feet. Foot fetishism has been defined as a pronounced sexual interest in feet. For a foot fetishist, points of attraction may include the shape and size of feet and toes e. Extensions of this fetish include shoes , socks , olfactophilia odor fetishism and tickling. Sigmund Freud also considered foot binding as a form of fetishism,   although this view was disputed. In extreme cases, an individual with a pronounced sexual interest in feet could possibly be diagnosed with fetishism disorder characterized by the eroticization of non-living objects and body parts if they are in adherence with the following symptoms : . To estimate the relative frequency of fetishes, in researchers at the University of Bologna examined Internet discussions of fetish groups, in which at least 5, people had been participating.
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Foot binding was the Chinese custom of breaking and tightly binding the feet of young girls in order to change the shape and size of their feet; during the time it was practiced, bound feet were considered a status symbol and a mark of beauty. Feet altered by foot binding were known as lotus feet , and the shoes made for these feet were known as lotus shoes. Having possibly originated among upper-class court dancers during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in 10th century China, the practice of foot binding gradually became popular among the Chinese elite during the Song dynasty.