Freedom Trash Can: Bonus item

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The 100 Women Freedom Trash Can project is a digital version of a famous protest by feminists in the US in 1968.

The items you can put in the 100 Women trash can have been suggested members of the audience, as well as by some of people featured on this year's 100 Women list.

Some of the items, such as the bra, acknowledge the original 1968 protest.

But we are still looking for suggestions - scroll to the bottom of this page to add yours.

Religious clothing, gendered baby clothes and wage slips - representing the gender pay gap - have been popular additions. Here are a few others.


It's one of the most controversial aspects of advertising and social media - a photo-editing technique that is often used to make people look slimmer and hide imperfections.

Some celebrities, like Jameela Jamil, who is one of this year's BBC 100 Women list, tell magazine editors not to airbrush their cover pictures. They're worried it gives their fans unrealistic body image expectations.

But figures from 2015 suggest more than half of users add filters to their social media pictures - so are we just as bad as the magazines?

Family organisers

Calendars with a column for each family member, or diaries that expect "mum" to be keeping track of everyone's appointments - are pretty much all targeted toward women.

It's a signal that women should take on what feminists call "the mental load" - the tiring work of thinking about chores and remembering what needs to be done.

But many mums say that, despite the branding, they're a useful way of managing the tasks they feel are an inevitable part of motherhood.


Some were opposed to the idea of the Freedom Trash Can in the first place and others disagreed with feminism as a whole.

People think the concept has gone too far, or that feminism is doing a disservice to women by pressuring them to leave their babies at home and go out to work.

Ties, cufflinks and suits

It's not just women suggesting things either - there have been plenty of men chucking items of clothing into the Freedom Trash Can.

"These are physical constraints, just like women's underwear," one person said.

If you are reading this page on the BBC News app, you will need to visit the mobile version of the BBC website to submit your question on this topic.

Select an object from the list and find out how it might be considered an object of oppression.

  • Make-up

    "Men aren't judged for leaving the house without a full face of make-up." - Anonymous

    Read more about Make-up
  • Uncomfortable fashion

    "I cannot fathom why people wear heels. They're painful, impractical and can cause permanent damage to your body." - Anonymous

    Read more about Uncomfortable fashion
  • Home cooking

    "I'm fed up of the idea of women belonging in the kitchen being normalised." - Emma

    Read more about Home cooking
  • Domestic chores

    "Equality begins in the family, so get off your backside and get cleaning, guys." - Anonymous

    Read more about Domestic chores
  • The bra

    "I shouldn't be forced to look 'pretty'. I am beautiful and intelligent without it." - Lisa

    Read more about The bra
  • Celebrity culture

    "All the models have the same body shape, and they look miserable. It's boring!" - Wendy

    Read more about Celebrity culture
  • Marriage

    "I believe engagement rings are anti-feminist - signifying that the woman with the ring belongs to another person." - Matilde

    Read more about Marriage
  • Social media

    "It's very toxic for young people's mental health, especially girls. They are constantly faced with unrealistic and dangerous ideals." - Roshan

    Read more about Social media
  • Gendered toys

    "All the gendered children's toys tell girls and boys they should only like certain things." - Anna

    Read more about Gendered toys
  • Bonus object

    What are objects of oppression? Discover the thinking behind the Freedom Trash Can and suggest your own object.

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