Flappers of the Roaring 20s Essay

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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
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Flappers seemed to cling to youth like it were to leave at any given moment. They took risks and were reckless. They wanted to be different, to break away from the old image and morals, so they smoked. This was frowned upon because up to this point, only men smoked. Another thing that they did to show their rebellion was drink alcohol. Alcohol was outlawed at the time in the United States, and young women were starting to drink at an early age. Some even carried hip flasks full of alcohol so that they always had it at reach. The elders of the society and parents as well, didn't like to see tipsy young women. Flappers made love freely and redefined what it meant to be a woman. They were very free with their sexuality and started something referred to as "petting parties" which consisted of "petting" certain parts of the opposite sex's bodies. They also experienced sexual freedom in the cars, for they often found themselves in the back seat. At this time flappers also experimented with other women. Homosexuality amongst females became greatly practiced because of the freedom statement that these women were making. This started new courtship patterns in which romance, sexual pleasure, and companionship were the main focus, instead of monetary status and land. Flappers had a scandalous image that raised many eyebrows and caused much disturbance amongst those in society. The 1920s was the Jazz Age and also one of the most

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