Sapphire and Miss. Women’s Liberation 1973

The first Sistershow in March 1973 culminated with a ‘Miss. Women’s Liberation’ competition, an obvious send up of the Miss. World competitions which had been subject to feminist fury in November 1970. The competition is a good example of how Sistershow used humour and irony to critique the cultural norms of patriarchal society.

The original script for the Miss. Women’s Liberation contest

The competition was ‘won’ by Sapphire, a local Bristol celebrity. In the following excerpt Sapphire talks about how the local media missed the point of Sistershow’s subversive humour.

Sapphire Miss Women’s Liberation by DeborahM

Note the uber camp, frail pink paper on which the script is written

Sapphire in Bristol, 2010

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