“Ladies wear what she chooses and when. It didn’t matter if it was plain or fancy, or simple or decorative. In the 1920s and 1930s in America women were just as independent as they were in the 1920s and 1930s. A dress to suit her and not to suit her. This was the spirit of the time. It was quite common for a woman to not wear a jacket and a jacket and skirt in the same day.”
So…you’re not saying in the 1920s and 1930s, men wore their own clothes and didn’t put their own style on it?
“Yes; no. There were men who wore suits, but there were plenty of women who dressed for themselves. The 1930s dress code was quite restrictive. It wasn’t a uniform.”
Why was this dress code applied?
“A dress code in 1930s New York was meant to be enforced and be enforced fairly; to be pretty strict and to protect the city.”
Can you elaborate how it was enforced in New York as a whole?
“By being as strict as I can; as specific as I can in order to protect women. And not try to make sure they all dressed the same, because to do that would be to put men in trouble. What happened in the days of ‘The Forty-Sixth Street’ was that if a man and a woman were wearing a jacket and a skirt and a coat they weren’t supposed to be together in public places. If they did they were probably in a compromising situation.”
And how did society in general react?
“It was a society in a sense, where men were expected to dress for themselves, as opposed to in their own way.”
So, you are saying that women wore some of themselves as well as many of their male friends’ fashion choices?
“Yes. At the same time they dressed in their own manner for all men in public places such as restaurants and in their homes for all men.
…I’ve been a woman’s rights advocate my whole life; a women’s rights advocate, a lesbian rights advocate; a socialist, feminist; an anarchist; a Marxist. I’ve worked with the women’s movement, I’ve worked with homosexuals. But I believe in women’s rights; I believe that women are equal in every way to men and in every field that matter to women. And I believe in equality
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