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Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern Book Cover Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
Joshua Zeitz
Non-Fiction
2006
338

"Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the 1920s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. 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."

From Michelle's post:Thanks in no small part to relevant comparisons with previous decades, Zeitz effectively conveys just how great a cultural upheaval America experienced throughout the 20’s. Think about how much power a raised hemline held over society as the lingering Victorians knew it–It’s remarkable. (Even more remarkable for me, personally, was how strong the urge became to time travel back to the mid-20’s, track down one of those Madison Avenue admen, and give him the dressing-down of his life for pioneering the insidious trend in marketing that to this day is designed to prey on the insecurities of young women and men, thereby creating a culture of perpetual self-loathing and feelings of never-good-enough.)

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