Desexualizing the female body was one of many goals in second wave European feminism in the early 1970s, made more widespread through the myth of bra burning. Though the feminists did not actually engage in bra burning, they did engage in various protests against the objectification of women in beauty pageants and competitions. By throwing “oppressive” gender artifacts, such as bras, girdles, false eyelashes, high heels, and makeup, into a trash can in front of reporters , American feminist movements sparked the myth that became synonymous with feminist movements from that point on.
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