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Flappers - 1920s

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Flappers in the 1920s

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  • marvelous. wonderful period of encroaching-freedom:women. until bogey-man man,saw his degenerate power-over-women in jeopardy. so, as he does best, he crushed the period: it's movies, it's wonderful- sensuality, it's attempt at love-of-life. well, t least it's not islam. thank you 'till the mid 30s. a male for openness of the heart of woman. simcha-brian adam
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Flappers - 1920s

  1. 1. Subcultures – ‘Flappers’ Lesson 2 collective identity blog work Sabiha Rahman
  2. 2. What is a subculture? • Subcultures are groups of people who share similar likes, dislikes and characteristics who go against or follow different norms and values than the rest of society.
  3. 3. Flappers – 1920s women • New breed of young western women in the 1920s • First appearance in the USA: 1920 Frances Marion film • Their behaviour was seen as unacceptable because they smoked, drank lots of alcohol, & treated sex in a casual manner
  4. 4. The media • They had bob cut hair (became popular and all women started to copy it just because it was in films and all sorts) • Wore short skirts (changed the norms of media and how women dress – gave more women confidence to do it too, so they showed their legs more) • Listened to jazz music (the media has an influence on music choice and jazz soon became a popular music genre played in pubs, clubs and public places) • Excessive makeup (Different brands, colours and women start to make it a sort of ‘essential’ – Marilyn Monroe’s red lipstick)
  5. 5. Flappers - lifestyle • Lots of casual sex • Drinking alcohol • Smoking • Starting to work outside the home and challenged women’s traditional roles
  6. 6. Flappers – appearance • Result of French fashions (especially Coco Chanel) • Tiny skirts • Bob hair cuts • Hats • Bright white teeth
  7. 7. So how were they represented by the media? • For women, it became an iconic symbol to be a flapper because you worked against the norms of society which, in some views of women, is patriarchal (male dominated) • Working outside of home, creating your own fashion trend, being different & doing what men mostly do (like smoking) was being rebellious but also taking a stand for women • On the other hand, a lot of people disagreed with the acts of flappers because it showed women to be ‘easy’ or ‘dirty’ and actually gave a bad reputation for women in the 1920s
  8. 8. Media representation - documents

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