By not having to wear what they wanted to wear? If you could wear what you wanted, why not? Or if you really didn’t want to, you could just wear what you were born with?
Well, then, flappers would be nothing but a movement. Like the men’s movement, so too would the women’s movement. Women would not have been free if they had been forced to. No one should be forced to have a particular occupation or to wear the shoes or clothing that they chose. That doesn’t mean that we should encourage or encourage conformity or that we should support the government mandating women to wear pink skirts or be forced to wear pink hats or pink ties and pink socks. We shouldn’t and we shouldn’t.
I was taught that if people want an educational system that serves their purposes, they should choose a university that is not focused on indoctrinating or demanding conformity. Instead, the university should focus on providing students with the appropriate tools to learn and not force them to fit the expectations for what they want to grow into as adults. However, to truly serve people, the university should be focused on what a majority of students want to learn, and not on forcing them to conform or to learn by a model they find acceptable.
What the flapper movement has taught me is that this was a great movement and that it has a lot more left to do. That is why, just as I said before, I’m still wearing a pink ribbon today. My fellow flappers, don’t allow your ideas of individuality and freedom to be co-opted by those that use them to promote a limited agenda. Remember, you don’t make the flapper clothing, you don’t buy the flapper products. Only the flapper makes the change.
The idea that flappers are just a fashion trend and that they don’t really have any issues is a dangerous one. That is because it ignores so many things that have changed about women’s lives in the last 200 years. Flappers are not trying to create a fashion that isn’t fashionable. And it is not a way to encourage more uniformity in how women’s clothing is made. The reality is that there is no way to make everyone dress alike unless people are forced to.
No matter what the flapper movement represents—a fashion trend, an idea, or a social movement—it should not be confused with a group that is trying to impose its ideas and values directly onto others. The flapper movement should be remembered for