Flappers of the Roaring 20s

1687 WordsNov 23, 20057 Pages
Flappers in the Roaring 20s The flappers were a great inspiration to all women around America. We have the rights that we do and are seen as individuals because of their role in changing the way women were viewed. I chose this topic because I am a feminist. I believe that women are equally able or even more able to perform roles that men do in society. With this I hope to attain more in depth understanding for the roles of women in America, from the beginning up to the recent era. In the early 1920's, a new era was born. This era paved the path for women today. Women were no longer afraid to be themselves or to be different. It was the time when women stopped following the rules that were set out for us, and started doing what they…show more content…
The Atlantic Monthly described flapper dances in the May 1920 edition as "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." Flappers used dancing as an escape from all the drama surrounding them. They were viewed in a way as revolutionaries, and indeed they were, but with that title came a lot of negativity and gossip from society. Consumption also became a big thing during the flapper era. Women became a lot more materialistic and wanted to look and feel good. They spent money on clothing, make-up, perfumes, and many other things that they saw as essential to representing flappers. Fashion was a big statement and it represented who you were and where you stood in your point of views; so women did the best they could do outdo themselves, flaunt their "goodies," and be as feminine as they possibly could. But ate end of the 1920s, the stock market crashed and we were fell into the Great Depression. Women were forced to stop their frivolous, reckless ways. They weren't able to do all the things that I had before so this brought upon the end of flapper hood. Although many were shocked with the flapper image, behavior, and attire, much of the flapper's changes remained and a less extreme form of flappers came about and became respectable

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