Bra Burning (1968)

FRITZ JUENGLING juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US
Wed Mar 12 21:10:41 UTC 2003

Didn't Bobby Riggs bring a pig to the match, or was he given a pig by Billie Jean?

>>> JMB at STRADLEY.COM 03/12/03 10:33AM >>>
        Oh, I misunderstood your earlier comment.  So did sixties and seventies feminists really talk about male chauvinist pigs, or was that as rare as literal bra-burnings?

John Baker

-----Original Message-----
From: Fred Shapiro [mailto:fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: Bra Burning (1968)

On Wed, 12 Mar 2003, Baker, John wrote:

>         Wasn't "chauvinist" always a derisive term, whether or not
> accompanied by "pig" (or, for that matter, by "male")?

"Chauvinist" always represented derision of the alleged chauvinist by the
speaker.  In the media ridicule of the women's movement, however, the term
"male chauvinist pig" was put into the mouth of the stereotypical radical
feminist as part of the ridicule of the alleged speaker.

Fred Shapiro

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