Dancing Our Way Out of Tradition Essay

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Dancing Our Way Out Of Tradition Everyone finds a way to separate themselves from their parents and the generations before them. Generation separation is a way to group up people by what they have in common, but is different for all generations. With these separations, each generation is given a name. The young adults of the 1920’s were known as the “Lost Generation”, because of their drastic difference from their parents. These “lost” people fell into a dance craze. The skin revealing look, flappers, and inappropriate contact threatened the traditional values and morals of the years before them. Before the 20’s, women were more conservative and covered. Skirts were not to come above or show their knees and their hair covered almost all of their neck. But these young ladies were changing the way women presented their bodies. It was appalling to these young girls’ parents. Their children were going against all they had known. “‘Women still want to be loved…but they want it on a 50-50 basis, which includes being admired for the qualities they really possess,’ says Jane. In a way the younger generation of women wants to ‘come down off the pedestal,’” writes Bruce Bliven. These young ladies wanted to take a stand and change the ways of their elders to gain respect, equality and to stop pretending to be this perfect human being. This threatened everything that they had worked for as women. Women were set up to be perfect, but they wanted to challenge the traditional woman to get acknowledged by the world. The flappers are what powered this change. Not only did they dress loose but their make-up got to the best of them. Bruce Bliven made the observation that “beauty is the fashion in 1925. She is frankly, heavily made up, not to imitate nature, but for an altogether artificial effect – pallor mortis, poisonously scarlet lips, richly ringed eyes – the latter looking

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