1920s Flappers, Dancing the Charleston, Kissing, Social Change
Love and romance in the s
11 Jan The social rules for dating change from one generation to the next. There was a time when a proper young man and woman could not speak to each other unless they had been formally introduced. That practice seems silly now. On the other hand, I understand from my patients that it is considered bad. The s brought many changes for young women in the United States. Dumb Dora (COHA, GB) did occur for the first time in the s, but is quite old- fashioned now. At least some men enjoyed the freer, more liberated women, though, as evidenced by new terms like heavy date, non-skid, and red-hot mamas. 15 May These circumstances gave birth to dating rituals and other unfortunate traditions that still remain — or, at least, still cause confusion as mores change She recalls the report of one such special agent, staked out at the Strand Hotel in Midtown, who noted that the women he was spying on did not seem like.
But when these single women, stripped from their dependency on fathers and husbands, began to be courted in public, police, politicians, and civic leaders were alarmed.
At least one audience was guaranteed to take an interest: Google Books has a handful of examples from the s. I have had patients who met and married perfectly presentable young men and continued to lie about the fact that they met through an internet dating service. I am a 66 year old sophomore Submitted by Alice on January 12, - 7: But when these single women, stripped from their dependency on fathers and husbands, began to be courted in public, police, politicians, and civic leaders were alarmed.
These circumstances gave birth to dating rituals and other unfortunate traditions that still remain — or, at least, still cause confusion as mores change — today. Inthe average female worker earned less than half of what a man would earn in the same position. But as these women were courted in public, efforts were undertaken to curb what authorities viewed as a potential public menace. She recalls the report of one such special agent, staked out at the Strand Hotel in Midtown, who noted that the women he was spying on did not seem like prostitutes, per se, but were concerning nonetheless.
It sounds like a joke, until you learn that some women were thrown in jail for this horrible crime.
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They saw them as romantic. If the American Dream for men was to work hard and become a success, the equivalent for women was to get a good job and marry your rich boss. The other alternative was for women to take jobs in high-class department stores where rich men were likely to shop.
In order to attract rich men, these Shopgirls were caught by the irony of needing to buy the expensive items they sold. To that end Shopgirls studied their well-to-do female customers seeking to imitate their look, which led the business world to pounce on this new type of consumer who sought little but to impress.
But aroundmore and more women were starting to apply cosmetics. Two other now-familiar concepts also sprung up around this time.
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Google Books has a handful of examples from the s. They were afraid they would be rejected out of hand, or made fun of. Hard to find in GB, since it often refers to calendars.
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