Faeramar I was also a little dubious about the rationale for giving Scott such a large voice in the book. I found it interesting that the author questions the very existence and definition of the flapper while still emphasizing her influence on popular culture and fashion in the s. It packs in a lot of information. No zeittz or quizzes yet. Flapper — Joshua Zeitz Flapper is an inside look at the s.
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Sources Flappers of the s were young women known for their energetic freedom, embracing a lifestyle viewed by many at the time as outrageous, immoral or downright dangerous. Now considered the first generation of independent American women, flappers pushed barriers in economic, political and sexual freedom for women. During World War I , women entered the workforce in large numbers, receiving higher wages that many working women were not inclined to give up during peacetime.
The s also brought about Prohibition , the result of the 18th Amendment ending legal alcohol sales. Combined with an explosion of popularity for jazz music and jazz clubs, the stage was set for speakeasies, which offered illegally produced and distributed alcohol.
Many people, a number of them young women, drove these cars into cities, which experienced a population boom. With all these pieces in place, an unprecedented social explosion for young women was all but inevitable.
What Is a Flapper? No one knows how the word flapper entered American slang, but its usage first appeared just following World War I. The classic image of a flapper is that of a stylish young party girl. Flappers smoked in public, drank alcohol, danced at jazz clubs and practiced a sexual freedom that shocked the Victorian morality of their parents. Flapper Dress Flappers were famous—or infamous, depending on your viewpoint—for their rakish attire.
They donned fashionable flapper dresses of shorter, calf-revealing lengths and lower necklines, though not typically form fitting: Straight and slim was the preferred silhouette. Flappers wore high heel shoes and threw away their corsets in favor of bras and lingerie. They gleefully applied rouge, lipstick, mascara and other cosmetics, and favored shorter hairstyles like the bob.
Scott Fitzgerald F. The credit stuck and Scott began to write about flapper culture in short stories for the Saturday Evening Post in , opening up the Jazz Age lifestyle to middle-class homes.
Zelda Fitzgerald If Fitzgerald was considered the chronicler of flappers, his wife Zelda Fitzgerald was considered the quintessential example of one. A native of Montgomery, Alabama , Zelda was a stylish, free-spirited young woman who met Fitzgerald in while he was stationed there in the military. She was 17 at the time and—as the daughter of a prominent local judge—her hedonistic escapades scandalized her family.
Lois Long Lois Long was another writer chronicling flapper culture in print. Her work chronicled the life of a flapper and recounted her real-life adventures drinking and dancing all night long. Flappers in Advertising Recognizing that women now had disposable incomes of their own, advertising courted their interests beyond household items. Soap, perfume, cosmetics, cigarettes and fashion accessories were all the subjects of ads targeting women.
Helen Lansdowne Resor was the most powerful woman in advertising at the time. Walter Thompson Agency, she worked her way up from secretary thanks to her keen understanding of selling to women. She was the first advertising executive to push sex appeal as a method of marketing to women, often focused on getting male attention. The books focused on flapper Lorelei Lee and her male conquests. The popularity of movies exploded during the s, though the screen versions of flappers were typically less permissive than the real world versions.
Nonetheless, the image of Brooks and her precise bob has become the archetypal vision of a flapper. The Hollywood portion of her film career featured several starring flapper roles before she moved on to more serious dramas. Bow was the most successful screen flapper, beloved for the unpretentious manner of her portrayals and her frank sex appeal. Anna May Wong broke barriers as the first Chinese-American movie star.
Her image as a flapper off-screen was encouraged by movie studios to increase her appeal beyond the exotic roles in which they cast her. Dancing was a crucial part of flapper culture. The Charleston and the Black Bottom were popular and considered more suggestive than any moves that had come before.
Women who populated beaches in bathing suits that were deemed inappropriate were escorted off the beach by police or arrested if they refused. Popular Washington , D. John B. Clergymen like Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and Baptist pastor Dr. End of the Flappers The age of the flapper came tumbling down suddenly on October 29, , with the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression. No one could afford the lifestyle any longer, and the new era of frugality made the freewheeling hedonism of the Roaring Twenties seem wildly out of touch with grim new economic realities.
Many film-star flappers had already met their end two years earlier with the advent of talking film, which was not always kind to them. The Hays Code in , which severely limited sexual themes in movies, made independent women in the flapper mold almost impossible to portray onscreen. Kelly Boyer Sagert. Flappers and the New American Woman.
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If you could sum up Flapper in three words, what would they be? Interesting book but What was one of the most memorable moments of Flapper? Much good information about the Jazz age, Zeitz writes in an interesting way that keeps the reader engaged. Absolutely not.
Flapper by Joshua Zeitz
More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture. Whisking us from the Alabama country club where Zelda Sayre first caught the eye of F. Scott Fitzgerald to Muncie, Indiana, where would-be flappers begged their mothers for silk stockings, to the Manhattan speakeasies where patrons partied till daybreak, historian Joshua Zeitz brings the era to exhilarating life.
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By Joshua Zeitz. Crown Publishers. Scott Fitzgerald told the tale of an old-fashioned girl whose with-it cousin takes her in hand. An apt pupil, Bernice soon becomes a hit among young men who had previously considered her "sorta dopeless. By -- when the future "It" girl, Clara Bow, starred in the hit silent film "The Plastic Age" -- it seemed as if America had undergone an invasion of the braid snatchers.
Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity and the Women Who Made America Modern
Sources Flappers of the s were young women known for their energetic freedom, embracing a lifestyle viewed by many at the time as outrageous, immoral or downright dangerous. Now considered the first generation of independent American women, flappers pushed barriers in economic, political and sexual freedom for women. During World War I , women entered the workforce in large numbers, receiving higher wages that many working women were not inclined to give up during peacetime. The s also brought about Prohibition , the result of the 18th Amendment ending legal alcohol sales. Combined with an explosion of popularity for jazz music and jazz clubs, the stage was set for speakeasies, which offered illegally produced and distributed alcohol.