Essay about Freedom of the Flapper

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Partying, drinking, and dancing; these are the adjectives most commonly associated with the life of a flapper. While these descriptions are accurate, they do not inform people of the advantages and gains flappers made for the female gender. The flapper embodied the idea of freedom from the usual duties of a young female in the 1920s. These women were no longer tied down with the expectation that they immediately become a wife and mother, as well as being conservative and modest. By diving into a look at the fashion, music, and lifestyle of the flapper during the 1920s it will become obvious that they were not only independent, liberated, and enjoying many more freedoms than they had previously throughout history, but that they also…show more content…
However, it is in their style where they contrast the most greatly with the women of the 1920s. They wore long skirts and dresses which hugged their curves and their hair was long. The look of the flapper was drastically different from that of the earlier generations of women in the United States. Their hair was cut into a short “bob” and they wore much more make-up than previous women. The hem line of the flapper’s dresses rose to the knee and they began “bounding” their chests and wearing high heels. Along with the rise of the hem line, nude colored stockings were favored over the former black; the flapper also bared her arms; this gave off a much more “naked” look than any previous generations. They did away with the corset and instead adopted the girdle, which simply flattened the abdomen rather than emphasizing the waist. The infamous Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s clothing designs became the epitome of 1920’s style.1 Flappers who enjoyed dancing and jazz music were referred to as “jazz babies”. The music of the 1920s included ragtime, blues, and jazz; all of which were considered to be an American art.2 However, it is jazz music that resonated most thoroughly with the flapper. Jazz was an extremely different type of music for this era in comparison to that of their parents. This new music was loud and sultry with innovative and unusual rhythms; it was seen as being a bad influence which led to an increase in the
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