Women in the video carry a giant puppet in a Wonder Woman-esque bathing suit and throw girdles, bras and hot rollers in "freedom trash cans."
"Step right up. How much am I offered for this No. 1 piece of prime American property?" a woman in a black men's suit is seen shouting in a mock auction of another woman.
"Is that you, Mrs. Peggy?" one of the
Dobbins was arrested during the protest for spraying perm product Toni Home Permanent, which sponsored the pageant, onto the floors of the pageant auditorium.
"In the beginning, it was arguing about the importance of theoretical research and the importance of getting out in the street and acting funny, crazy," Dobbins said of the women's liberation movement.
Dobbins studied sociology at
"I didn't think of myself as a performance artist at all. I thought of myself as a sociologist who did political actions, but I did things like the Miss America puppet or dressed up like a witch and hexed
Decades later in her Indianola cottage, Dobbins told the two
"This is what people need to be able to come and express themselves," Garza, 30, said of the World of Arts Show.
The three women have been collaborating together on a joint project that will extend upon the annual Parade of Ancestors, which they hope will highlight
"It's going to be a pageant about
But the three are more than collaborators. They're muses for one another.
Dobbins has taught
"She's so much different than me. She's a part of the women's liberation movement,"
In the late '60s and early '70s, Dobbins was viewed by other women in the liberation movement as a
"We had this absolute trust that we were all about the same thing, but we didn't know what the strategy should be, so we were arguing about that all the time. One of the main things that they struggled with me about was what they called 'male-identified book learning,'" Dobbins said.
But years surrounded by other activists taught her that most people don't respond as well to peer-reviewed articles as they do to personal narratives.
And, thus, it's two
"What I had really hoped was possible really is possible, but it is really hard. With young women having multiple jobs, raising children and trying to organize community events," Dobbins said.
Together, the three are writing a play they hope to debut next spring based on historic figures who influenced
"We needed to do something that affirms the diversity of this county," Dobbins said.
Though the play is a ways off, the conversations the women are having during the organization process and the effects of those talks are ongoing.
"I just sent an email to a friend; she's the one who sprinkled the permanent with me. Just being able to email her and tell her that I had shared that moment with young women who I felt more like since '67 to '68 with her and a few others. It made me teary," Dobbins said.
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