Freedom Trash Can, Miss America protest, Atlantic City, 1968

Title

Freedom Trash Can, Miss America protest, Atlantic City, 1968

Subject

Miss America Protest

Description

The Freedom Trashcan is perhaps the most famous aspect of the Miss America protests. Feminists threw pieces of patriarchal oppression into the trashcan, thus liberating themselves from male oppression. These items included fake eyelashes, high heels, girdles, and, most famously, bras. It is out of these trashcans that the infamous crazy, bra burning feminist myth sprung. Robin Morgan contemplated burning the items in the trashcan, but had been unable to obtain a burning permit, which meant that burning items on the boardwalk would have been illegal. Morgan was attempting to distance herself from the more intense and occasionally violent protests that had been occurring in other parts of the country.

Creator

Alix Kates Shulman

Source

Duke University

Date

1968

Contributor

Liz Longrod

Files

freedom trashcan.jpg

Citation

Alix Kates Shulman, “Freedom Trash Can, Miss America protest, Atlantic City, 1968
,” The American Century, accessed January 17, 2018, http://americancentury.omeka.wlu.edu/items/show/219.