Both restrict women's movement and impair health. Both practiced by women of all classes, though most people imagine tight-lacing and footbinding were limited to the upper class. To use Veblen's argument, both enhance man's value in the culture to be responsible for women who were too delicate to work. Write only about the comparable and contrastable elements of each idea. Only compare or only contrast. First compare, then contrast (or vice versa). Writers using a comparison/contrast structure might begin by discussing the ways in which corsets are similar to footbinding, then they move to a description of the ways in which the two ideas are different. Writers who only contrast ideas sometimes briefly summarize similarities in the conclusion so they don't leave the impression that they are thinking in opposites. Comparison/contrast is useful for more than an essay topic. This structure focuses on the comparison and contrast instead of on the two ideas (e.g., corsetry and footbinding) being compared and contrasted. Clearly, the sequence is important. If you begin with the comparison, then the contrast will get emphasis - the logical movement is from thinking about similarities to thinking about differences. A quick outline of how a paper comparing and then contrasting corsets and footbinding might look. Introduction Corsets and footbinding are similar Both practiced in the far past, through the 19th century, and into the 20th. When they are comparing and contrasting, for example, two ideas, like corsets and footbinding, most writers structure their essays one of four ways. First compare, then contrast (or vice versa). First do one idea, then do the other.
Also, how women whose feet had been bound couldn't really unbind. Conclusion Return to the discussion of comparison/contrast essays. A quick outline of how a paper treating only comparable and contrasting elements might look.