Dow expertly traces the history of the protest, paying particular attention to the creation of one of the most endearing myths about feminism: the feminist bra-burner
. Dow rightly addresses the impact of this myth, namely that it portrayed feminists as fighting for "frivolous" goals (p.
Rather, it was journalists reporting on the protest who coined the alliterative term "bra-burner
" at a time when anti-Vietnam war protests featured draft cards being burned.
Levenson is no bra-burner
. She probably wouldn't even sling her Ultimo over the radiator..
Some of the epithets were akin to the "bra-burner
" criticisms of more recent times.
Anyway, the students will be keen to know what the Liverpool market trader's daughter and the legendary Australian bra-burner
have to offer as possible future Rectors.
Some who opposed equal rights insulted activists by calling them "bra-burners
After all, we've seen a century in which we've lost our upper hand, victims of the suffragettes and their "Votes for Women" campaign, to the bra-burners
of the Women's Lib movement.
This is definitely not what the equal opportunity bra-burners
of the Sixties were fighting for.
FROM Emily Pankhurst to 60s bra-burners
, there's always been an iconic female image to sum up the state of our nation.
The infamous bra-burners
marched for equal pay in 1969 and later for abortion and contraception rights.
In the 1970s, they were known as bra-burners
and trouble-makers, who marched through the streets carrying placards.
They crowned "a live sheep to symbolize the beauty pageant's objectification of female bodies, and filled a 'freedom trashcan' with objects of female torture - girdles, bras, curlers, issues of Ladies' Home Journal." Although no bras were actually burned, the media referred to protesters as "bra-burners
," which then became a simplistic derogatory term to refer to feminists.(20)
DESPITE what some bra-burners
might say, the Wonderbra is a great leap forward for female liberation, transforming modestly-endowed women into goddesses.
The neurotic bra-burners
were back on their high horses over that little spot of disco PR.
FAY Weldon's feminist epic Big Women (C4) opened in the Seventies with a group of bra-burners
sticking up posters proclaiming "A Woman Needs A Man Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle".