Friday, October 06, 2006

The Search for Beauty

I began reading The Binding Chair – Kathryn Harrison. Set in nineteenth –century China it depicts a story of a girl whose feet were bound in the name of beauty and sold into marriage as a forth wife. Her entire life is peppered with the pain that is caused by her family’s insistence on the cruel tradition. She becomes bitter because of her disability and begins to self-destruct.

What is beautiful and how far will we go to achieve it?

Will we bind our feet making it impossible to run? Will we cinch our waists making it impossible to breathe? Will we remove ribs making it impossible to carry children? Will we choose death over life if it means dying beautifully?

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