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Did Feminists Burn Bras in the Sixties?

By September 12, 2008

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Via Museum of Hoaxes: It is a well known "fact" that feminists burned their bras outside the 1968 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.

Except they didn't.

According to an article in the Press of Atlantic City, members of a group called New York Radical Women did show up raring to burn stuff -- including, evidently, their brassieres -- but city officials talked them out of it.
Instead, the feminists dumped items like high-heeled shoes, bras, false eyelashes and issues of Ladies' Home Journal into a "Freedom Trash Can." They paraded a lamb outside Convention Hall and held up signs with such things as "Welcome to the Miss America Cattle Auction" written on them. Inside Convention Hall, demonstrators set off stink bombs during the pageant and unfurled a sign reading "WOMEN'S LIBERATION."
Some people still insist they've seen photographs of women burning their bras -- and I suppose there's some slight chance they have. But it wasn't in Atlantic City, and it wasn't in 1968. Historians are pretty sure it never happened at all.

Bonus question: Was the modern bra invented by a man named Otto Titzling?

Read more:
Is Bra Burning a Myth? - Museum of Hoaxes
1968 Atlantic City Protest Credited with Kicking off the Feminist Movement - Press of Atlantic City
Bra-Burning Feminists of the Sixties - NOT - About.com: Women's History


March 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(1) Michael says:

Perhaps I am mistaken, but if I remember correctly, there was a bra burning at a later date. I remember seeing on the news a woman holding up with a stick a burning bra.

July 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm
(2) suprmn says:

They burned their bras in the 70′s. They burned the bras in the eighties but they took them of this time

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