Gender Changes In The 1920s Essay

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“The change in woman & the shift in Feminine gender roles in the “roaring” 1920’s” by Frances Bullen
This essay explores how the effect of gender movements changed during the flapper movement in the 1920’s, mainly focusing on the feminine gender roles. The roles of gender changed after ww1 and when the woman finally got the vote, Society changed for women after they got suffrage Received the right to vote and brought in prohibition. Historian Michael Lerner asserted, “women had the right to enjoy themselves socially as much as men did, whether through drinking, sex, or indulging in the pleasures of urban nightlife.” Woman gained the freedom which they didn't have before ww1, they were to stay at home to be a ‘house wife’. This essay will
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Also you can see the woman are on the train on there own which they never did as they never had the freedom to do so. Smoking was another example of “freedom” and woman rights to enjoy same pleasure as men. They also now have time to socialise which they didn't before. Hats were similarly used to conceal any expanse of brow and were firmly jammed down on the head as formerly they had been precariously perched on top. In the 1920s woman started to display more skin, the hem line on dresses went from being right above the ankle to just right above …show more content…
Working class women still had more freedom in the workplace but their money was for the family as many had husbands who had been injured during the war and could not work. Although they did not have the finances to indulge in partying and high class fashion, they still tried to dress and embrace the 1920’s fashion style. “Although not all woman of the 1920’s describes themselves as flappers, many adolescents and young women chose to embrace the flapper appearance, if not the lifestyle” (Banner, 1983;Fass,1977)

Before the 1920’s woman were chaperoned by another woman so that were never alone with a man. The First World War changed people perceptions on what was socially acceptable. Woman were beginning to speak openly about sexuality, engaging in more casual sexual relationships than previous generations. “Dating emerged as a new social activity that allowed couples to test compatibility with several partners without making a

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