On Sept. 7, 400 feminists came out to protest the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. A press release cautioned even male liberals to stay away (although they could donate) and listed their objections to the pageant in 10 points. Point one: The Degrading Mindless-Boob-Girlie Symbol. It read, "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."
These protests also gave birth to the myth of bra burning. While no bras were burned, because police would not allow any burning, a New York Post article that read "Women threw bras, mops, girdles, pots and pans, and Playboy magazines — items they called 'instruments of female torture'" went viral.