Masculine Women and Feminine Men

Which is the Rooster and Which is the Hen

Hip flasks, flappers, shingled hair, speakeasies, and jazz.  A booming economy, technical and medical breakthroughs, and women running wild.

Absolutely love the fashions of the 1920s—the slinky long waisted chemise-like dresses, the bobbed and permed hair, and those adorable cloche hats.  Women looked emancipated yet soft and feminine, while men looked gentlemanly tough whether wearing top hats, tweeds, or their Oxford bags.  And all that anything goes cultural craziness—the bizarre and forbidden becoming the fashionable and chic.

But of course, some folks always have to push the boat out just a little too far, a little too fast.  Challenges to standard norms and expectations can at times be innovative and trend-setting, while at other points in history, the out-and-out disparagement of tradition brings only backlash, resentment, and fear.

By 1932, the realities of a crashing stock market, deflation, and mass unemployment brought the roaring 1920s and all its free love exhilaration to a screeching halt.  Those flaunted, hip, and popular perversions were pushed right back into the cultural wardrobe with a loud bang of the closet door.

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2 Responses to Masculine Women and Feminine Men

    • And it’s oh so true–manipulation of the masses through subtle and not so subtle media changes culture. Too many conservatives today have not a clue how we got to this point in history. Pretty pathetic.

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