Sexual Revolution 1920S

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Divya Mehta Ms. Roberts Research Paper proposal The Sexual Revolution of the 1920's Introduction: Were the 1920's in American history known to be the time of a restless generation? Is this what sparked the Sexual Revolution? It became a time the youth challenged society's perception of how they should behave. They were rebels trying to break the stereotypes of women and men conduct. Sustained by the decade’s prosperity, young people threw wild parties, drank illegal liquor, and danced new, sexually suggestive steps at jazz clubs. A strong fear of death, which was something real and unpredictable, prompted attitudes of impatience and carelessness. This was true for women and men. One of the symbols of this revolution was the flapper, a term that describes a "new breed" of young Western women who flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were looked down on for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. As Zelda Fitzgerald stated in 1922, a young woman had "the right to experiment with herself as a transient, poignant figure who will be dead tomorrow." This also brought about the Era of the Women's Suffrage, when women also spoke out against their rights as citizens. Among the youth, sex became a more common and casual entity that was openly discussed. The sexual revolution brought with it changing ideas about women. Female sexuality was less concealed, skirt hems were worn higher, and makeup became more common. View: In my opinion, the sexual revolution was nothing more then an act of rebelliousness for the helpless youth. I agree with many of the morals that the women fought for such as being free to act as you wish and not having to live by society's rules. If I lived at the time I would have probably also
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