The Flapper In The 1920's

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The Roaring Twenties “In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and went to petting parties. She was giddy and took risks. She was a flapper.” The image of a Flapper, was considered very drastic. It consisted of many changes in women's clothing and hair. Basically every single article of clothing was lightened up and trimmed down in order to make any kind of movement easier. It was said that girls "parked" their corsets when they went to go for a dance. The new, lively dances of the Jazz Age, required women to be able to move freely. Which is something the "ironsides" would not have allowed. What replaced the pantaloons and corsets, were a type of underwear called "step-ins."…show more content…
Flappers also took up drinking alcohol. And at time when the United States had outlawed alcohol, so young women took up the habit early. Some even carried hip-flasks full to have on hand. The majority of adults didn't like to see tipsy young women all over the place. Flappers had a scandalous image as the "giddy flapper, rouged and clipped, careening in a drunken stupor to the lewd strains of a jazz quartet." The 1920s was the Jazz Age and one of the well known past-times for flappers was dancing. Dances such as the Charleston, Black Bottom, and the Shimmy were considered "wild" by the older generations. The May 1920 edition of the “Atlantic Monthly”, say Flappers "trot like foxes, limp like lame ducks, one-step like cripples, and all to the barbaric yawp of strange instruments which transform the whole scene into a moving-picture of a fancy ball in bedlam." It fit the Younger Generation’s fast-paced life-style. A new form of faster transportation was becoming popular for the first time since the train and the bicycle. Henry Ford’s innovations were making the automobile a more accessible commodity for the people. Cars were fast and risky which was perfect for the flapper attitude. Flappers didn’t just insist on riding in them; they drove…show more content…
All of the frivolity and recklessness was forced to come to an end. However, many of the flapper's changes still remained. The flappers created what many consider the "new" or "modern" woman. They will always be remembered for all of the changes they made on the entire image of a woman. Bibliography Allen, Frederick Lewis. Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the Nineteen-Twenties. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1931. Andrist, Ralph K., ed. The American Heritage: History of the 20's & 30's. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1970. Baughman, Judith S., ed. American Decades: 1920-1929. New York: Manly, Inc., 1996. Bliven, Bruce. "Flapper Jane." The New Republic 44 (Sept. 9, 1925): 65-67. Douglas, George H. Women of the 20s. Saybrook Publishers, 1986. Fass, Paula S. The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920's. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. Hall, G. Stanley. "Flapper Americana Novissima." Atlantic Monthly 129 (June 1922): 771-780. Hatton, Jackie. "Flappers." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 2000. Page, Ellen Welles. "A Flapper's Appeal to Parents." Outlook 132 (Dec. 6, 1922): 607. Saunders, W. O. "Me and My Flapper Daughters." The American Magazine 104 (Aug. 1927): 27,
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