This, “‘The Great Gatsby’ still gets flappers wrong” is a wonderful article by Lisa Hix in Collector’s Weekly. If you’re a big F. Scott Fitzgerald fan like me and you’ve read his novels and the biographies of he and Zelda then this article won’t necessarily tell you a whole lot that is new to you, but it really puts the case forward for why the flapper movement was an important one for feminism. And it also explains how flappers have been so totally misrepresented in popular culture because they’ve been described mostly by men instead of the women, themselves. (Thanks to Orlando for the link).
Importantly, most flappers felt no particular hurry to get married, since they were working and able to provide for themselves. They dated casually, flirting, kissing, petting, and even had sex with men they had no interest in committing to. It’s not surprising that artistic men like Fitzgerald would find them so attractive—and terrifying enough to make them the center of his novel cautioning against self-indulgence and hedonism.
And while we’re here, a link from the article above.. I’d never known about this – a feminist reading of The Great Gatsby by Soheila Pirhadi Tavandashti. So very interesting.