A Feminist a Day: The Miss World flour-bombers

Who are they?

miss world protestA group of British women who, in 1970, protested the Miss World beauty pageant at the Royal Albert Hall, in London.

In the middle of the contest, around 50 women and some men started throwing flour bombs, stink bombs and leaflets while chanting “we’re not beautiful, we’re not ugly, we’re angry” and “ban this disgraceful cattle market!”.

With a worldwide audience of millions watching, their protest was definitely noticed and caused a furore.

Host Bob Hope tried to flee the stage, but was persuaded to go back out  and said ” anybody who wants to interrupt something as beautiful as this must be on some kind of dope”.

Why should we thank them?

The protesters raised worldwide awareness of the exploitation and inherent sexism of beauty pageants, but it seems sadly that little has changed – Miss World and Miss Universe pageants are still in existence.

 

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A Feminist a Day: The Miss World flour-bombers

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