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The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe
With thoroughness and elan, the author takes us on a walking tour through history, from Chinese footbinding to the outrageous distortions of the foot gladly suffered by women over the centuries in the cause of sexual allure. He explores the peculiarly American obsession with "sick" and "tired" feet, and the huge industry that has sprung up to cater to our negativism. He gi ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Krieger Publishing Company
(first published 1976)
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A bizarre book those stance is, bluntly, that female feet have strong erotic power, and so everything done to enhance their allure (most shoes, cosmetics, ornementations…) are just ways to accentuate their sexual attraction. Is that an over-stretched claim? You bet! Now, don't get me wrong. It's not that 'The Sex Life of the Feet and Shoes' is all bonkers. It's just that, William Rossi got so engrossed in his subject that he came to see everything concerning feet solely from a sexual perspective, with ...more
utterly silly, pseudo-scientific, outdated, misogynist crap. The prose is almost unbearably pretentious and the information often inaccurate, but I tried to slog through it anyway for the occasional weird idea I could explore via a more reliable source. Eventually, however, it simply ceased to be worth the agony the book inflicted. Do not waste your time.