While burning bras are imagery closely associated with the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960’s, there is actually no record of women burning bras at protests and demonstrations. Historians believe that the symbol originated at the Miss America protest in 1968, at which women threw fake eyelashes, bras, corsets, girdles, high heels and other items associated with women’s oppression in a trash can dubbed the “freedom trash can.” A reporter covering the protest drew an analogy between the feminist protesters and Vietnam War protesters who burned their draft cards, and the bra-burning trope was erroneously and permanently attached to the feminist era. Bra-burning is still iconic of the feminist movement today, although controversial. Critics argue that those opposed to the movement have used the idea of going bra-less or burning a bra to trivialize the importance of the movement and larger issues at hand. Whatever your opinion on feminism and the symbol of the burning bra, it remains a recognizable symbol of the fight for women’s rights today. Thanks for coming and getting tattooed Natalie!
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