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No More Miss America! (1968)

On September 7th in Atlantic City, the Annual Miss America Pageant will again crown "your ideal." But this

year, reality will liberate the contest auction-block in the guise of "genyooine" de-plasticized, breathing

women. Women's Liberation Groups, black women, high-school and college women, women’s peace

groups, women's welfare and social-work groups, women's job-equality groups, pro-birth control and pro-

abortion groups- women of every political persuasion- all are invited to join us in a day-long boardwalk-

theater event, starting at 1:00 p.m. on the Boardwalk in front of Atlantic City's Convention Hall. We will

protest the image of Miss America, an image that oppresses women in every area in which it purports to

represent us.

There will be: Picket Lines; Guerrilla Theater; Leafleting; Lobbying Visits to the contestants urging our sisters

to reject the Pageant Farce and join us; a huge Freedom Trash Can (into which we will throw bras, girdles,

curlers, false eyelashes, wigs, and representative issues of Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home ]ournal, Family

Circle, etc.- bring any such woman-garbage you have around the house); we will also announce a Boycott of

all those commercial products related to the Pageant, and the day will end with a Women's Liberation rally at

midnight when Miss America is crowned on live television. Lots of other surprises are being planned (come

and add your own!) but we do not plan heavy disruptive tactics and so do not expect a bad police scene. It

should be a groovy day on the Boardwalk in the sun with our sisters. In case of arrests, however, we plan to

reject all male authority and demand to be busted by policewomen only. (In Atlantic City, women cops are

not permitted to make arrests- dig that!)

Male chauvinist-reactionaries on this issue had best stay away, nor are male liberals welcome in the

demonstrations. But sympathetic men can donate money as well as cars and drivers.

Male reporters will be refused interviews. We reject patronizing reportage. Only newswomen will be

recognized.

The Ten Points

We Protest:

1. The Degrading Mindless-Boob-Girlie Symbol. The Pageant contestants epitomize the roles we are

all forced to play as women. The parade down the runway blares the metaphor of the 4-H Club

county fair, where the nervous animals are judged for teeth, fleece, etc., and where the best

"Specimen" gets the blue ribbon. So are women in our society forced daily to compete for male

approval, enslaved by ludicrous "beauty" standards we ourselves are conditioned to take seriously.

2. Racism with Roses. Since its inception in 1921, the Pageant has not had one Black finalist, and this

has not been for a lack of test-case contestants. There has never been a Puerto Rican, Alaskan,

Hawaiian, or Mexican-American winner. Nor has there ever been a true Miss America- an American

Indian.

3. Miss America as Military Death Mascot. The highlight of her reign each year is a cheerleader-tour of

American troops abroad- last year she went to Vietnam to pep-talk our husbands, fathers, sons and

boyfriends into dying and killing with a better spirit. She personifies the "unstained patriotic

American womanhood our boys are fighting for." The Living Bra and the Dead Soldier. We refuse to

be used as Mascots for Murder.

4. The Consumer Con-Game. Miss America is a walking commercial for the Pageant's sponsors. Wind

her up and she plugs your product on promotion tours and TV-all in an "honest, objective"

endorsement. What a shill.

5. Competition Rigged and Unrigged. We deplore the encouragement of an American myth that

oppresses men as well as women: the win-or-you’re-worthless competitive disease. The "beauty

contest" creates only one winner to be"used" and forty-nine losers who are "useless."

6. The Woman as Pop Culture Obsolescent Theme. Spindle, mutilate, and then discard tomorrow.

What is so ignored as last year's Miss America? This only reflects the gospel of our Society,

according to Saint Male: women must be young, juicy, malleable-hence age discrimination and the

cult of youth. And we women are brainwashed into believing this ourselves!

7. The Unbeatable Madonna-Whore Combination. Miss America and Playboy's centerfold are sisters


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Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in relazioni internazionali
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Università: Bologna - Unibo
A.A.: 2011-2012

I contenuti di questa pagina costituiscono rielaborazioni personali del Publisher Atreyu di informazioni apprese con la frequenza delle lezioni di Genere, cittadinanza e politica internazionale e studio autonomo di eventuali libri di riferimento in preparazione dell'esame finale o della tesi. Non devono intendersi come materiale ufficiale dell'università Bologna - Unibo o del prof Baritono Raffaella.

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