One early major protest against femininity was in 1968 at the Miss America pageant. The Women’s Liberation Movement had their own reasons for being at the pageant but one of the important things that occurred was after the pageant. The women protesting placed a “Freedom Trash Can” on the ground with which they filled with makeup, bras, high heels, false eyelashes, curlers, hairspray, girdles, magazines, corsets, and other ‘instruments of torture’ which ensured ‘enforced femininity’. It has been highly debated whether or not there was an actual burning of bras, since a permit was not granted at the protest, however the myth of bra burning lived on.
Today, feminists participate in what some call ‘oppositional fashion’.
Her research was based off of Bust Magazine, where she found contemporary feminists being featured in a monthly fashion column, and and she said they were ’embracing femininity’ and promoting feminism in a new, political way.
Women going topless to make a point, is seen just as that.
Well if going topless is okay, what’s wrong with high heels?
Some feminists, specifically in the second wave of feminism, have argued that high heels were designed to make women seem helpless and vulnerable. This added to the idea that men would have to further protect women, ensuring traditional gender roles. Heels have also been associated with high sex appeal and reducing a woman into a sole sex object.
So, are the feminists of our time fashionable? They claim to be against the contemporary style of our times, but fashion doesn’t seem to be as large of an issue for feminism anymore. Or is it?