It is as if the writer is comparing and contrasting (for example) footbinding to corsetry, instead of corsetry and footbinding to each other.
Write only about the comparable and contrastable elements of each idea.
For compare and contrast papers, probably the most basic form the essay could take would be six paragraphs in length.
You'll start with an introduction that lays out the general idea behind your argument; it will take a form similar to 'I think the way these texts compare and contrast these elements is important because….' Then you'll take on the body of your essay, which will be four paragraphs long.
Pick out elements, for instance, that are central to the identity of both works.
Consider their major themes, main characters and the messages of each - it's likely one of these things will provide the basis for your essay.
This method is probably the one most students try first, but many evolve past it into something more flexible.
A quick outline that treats first corsets and then footbinding shows one way that such a paper might be structured.
This structure focuses on the comparison and contrast instead of on the two ideas (e.g., corsetry and footbinding) being compared and contrasted. If you begin with the comparison, then the contrast will get emphasis - the logical movement is from thinking about similarities to thinking about differences.
If you begin by contrasting the ideas (and then move toward a comparison), the similarities get emphasis. Writers might compare and contrast ideas by treating one idea thoroughly before taking up the second one.