Brutal bra burning

Brutal bra burning

May 17, 2016

Feminists consider bra a sign of oppression of women. Given the symbolic importance of the breast, it is not surprising that the movement for the liberation of women began with a form of protest, later called “burning bras”. In 1968, under the leadership of poetess Robin Morgan, members of the Women's Liberation Party picketed the Miss America contest in Atlantic City and called on women to throw out bras, garters, curling irons, false eyelashes and other "meaningless symbols of busty girls," which they considered degrading.
Demonstrators handed out copies of the memorandum, which condemned the negative forces of American society, including sexism, conformism, discrimination against the elderly and racism, which took refuge at the annual beauty contest.1

The stories of women taking off bras on the sidewalk near the Convention Hall laid the foundation for the myth of burning bras, although in reality no one had burned them at first.This element of underwear just thrown into the trash cans. The reporter who used this expression most likely had in mind associations with other acts of burning, such as burning draft summons or flags. Although many women did not want to be considered "burning bras" or "liberators of women", yet many others came together around a walking expression.2

One woman, recalling the times when refusal to wear a bra symbolized freedom and challenge to the existing order, left such evidence: ... My style was free - no adjoining blouses, no jackets with darts, under which you need to wear a bra so that they sit well. I was worried about what people would think when they noticed that I didn’t wear a bra.

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