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Victorians vs. flappers

History project due wednesday, December 19th.
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Aubrey Stanforth

on 19 December 2012

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Transcript of Victorians vs. flappers

women in the 1920's. Victorians vs. Flappers I like this owl. c: Victorians Victorian women in the 1920's were women with very conservative, traditional, and preservative ways. They believed in women staying very womanly, dainty, and keeping their rolls in society. Birthing children, cleaning, cooking, sewing, and caring is all they were seen as good for. They were very against women being rebellious to expectations, and protested to flappers as much as possible. “Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush!”
- Agatha Christie Flappers Flappers of the 1920's were the women that were trying to break free of the mold of Victorianism. They believed in women doing whatever they wanted, and they did so. They smoked, drank, partied, cut their hair short, and wore what was considered inappropriate for the time. Their skirts often came above the knee, and their tops were low cut revealing themselves. This was considered very unlady-like, and gained a bad rep. However... There was another kind of Flapper. The innovative flappers were women simply trying to be less womanly. They wanted to be able to get jobs that men had been doing since the beginning of time, such as lawyers, doctors, accountants, and other important rolls in society. This was a great task to overcome, and was frowned upon. These women were mistreated because of the stereotype originating from the younger, wilder Flappers. These women didn't want to party, they wanted to succeed. Flappers even found themselves getting attention from the media. The still popular cartoon character, "Betty Boop" was derived from flappers of the 1920's. Her hair is bobbed, she wears provocative clothing, and teases and winks at the boys in the cartoon shorts. Innovative Flappers The Victorian vs. flapper movement was very important in the developing of the individualization of women, and led women to be where they are today. Women today are mostly a variation of the flappers. Women wear pants, shorter skirts / shorts, and are more feminine in an aspect of showing off the assets of a woman. Without this movement, women would probably still be wearing Victorian styled clothing, and still acting very prim and proper. and would not have important jobs such as doctors.
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