Flappers

The term flappers in the 1920s referred to a “new breed” of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.

Flappers had their origins in the period of liberalism, social and political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of the WORLD WAR , as well as the export of American  jazz culture to Europe.

The photo shows “flappers” dancing “charleston” dance.

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3 Responses to Flappers

  1. Profile photo of Fernando Fernando says:

    The way they described this kind of behavior seemed to be as if it were acceptable. Not disagreeing with it, but it does have some relations to some modern women…and i also wonder does this give proper justification to how women with this mind set act in today’s society?

  2. Victor says:

    This shows the attitude of women in the 1920’s. However, I wouldn’t be able tell otherwise exactly which time period in history it is from. Also, this picture sort of seems like an ‘old school’ cheerleading picture to me.Nevertheless,I guess these flappers set a trend that continues today.

  3. Profile photo of Sehyung Sehyung says:

    Since 1920, females tried to provoke women’s revolutions against the stereotype of woman’s behavior in American society. I just learned that history now, and its culture was very funky and humorous to protest their rights. Also I can feel their powerful energy and strong emotion to do something progressive and make efforts to change cultures in the world. Very exciting!!

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