The Beautiful and The Damned

zelda“Why should all
life be work,
when we all
can borrow.

Let’s think only
of today,
and not worry
about tomorrow.”
 

These words were written
by Zelda Fitzgerald
on her high school
graduation picture.

Zelda was called the
“First American Flapper”, flapper
and the ethos of pleasure
that the flappers pursued
is part and parcel of what
we now call the Jazz Age.

Oh…
talking about
vices again, are we ???

Well, yes–
I guess our post today
is another throw-back.

Probably most people
today think of the 1960’s
as the most socially1925
turbulent era in American history…

A time when
old ideas about:

personal conduct,
ethics,
values,
and social mores were
being critically reconsidered,

—– especially by the young.

However, the era oversxd
centered on the 1920’s
(often called the Roaring 20’s),
were just as turbulent —

— and the social upheaval
just as dramatic.

And most of the hub-bub
revolved around sex and gender.

The people of the Victorian age
had been very strict in their
views toward the roles of man and woman —

—- in marriage,
in family,z
in love,
and, yes, in sex.

But, like some sort of
societal rubber band,
the drive toward
openness and freedom
in those areas had rebounded
with verve by the 1920’s.

The ‘Flapper’ movement was
an end product of this
trend of social elasticity,

and one other very
important consideration–virgin

Young women who
had watched their mothers
fight for suffrage,
had learned that they could
exercise their own influence
upon society,

and now wanted to continue
the fight onto new ground —

— basically for the right to make choices ,

Beginning with things like
in what they wore,
and how they spoke–

— and then soon,
about existential issues
like:

Education,
Work,
Birth Control ,
Marital Rights,
Sex,a

and all sorts of other
areas of their lives,

— that previously had been
tightly controlled by social convention.

Most people today
probably don’t know that:
even instructional birth control literature
was banned from the
U.S. Mail until World War II….1926BirthControl

(…. unless it was a pre-screened
tome on the ‘rhythm method’ or chastity).

And the prophylactic devices
that were available at the time —

(which were openly used
in most other countries)

were not readily obtainable here–

Selling them was considered
a serious violation of federal law.

This piece is from the 1920’s,

… and is an example of the lines
along which the issues were polarized.

It advertises a ‘morality’ film —are

the plot of which,
basically infers that men or women
who aren’t vigilant in their chastity
and abstinence become un-suitable
for marriage —

Ack…

… not that over-rated
virginity/purity stuff again.

Oh sure,

it is certainly enlightening to

look at these kinds of
materials from the era,

…. and it also provides a

unique perspective from which
to view the issues of our own day.

So,
do I have a point?

Nope,
not really.

But,
me being me,
I still can’t help but wonder:stork

If you really want to get married,
Why wouldn’t you want
to marry someone FUN ????

Man,
I have no idea.

!!! HOY !!!!!!

.

.

boresme

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3 thoughts on “The Beautiful and The Damned

  1. I like fun! I like fun men! 😀
    This was an informative, interesting post! The postcards are cool!
    What’s that they say? “If you remember the 1920’s, you weren’t there.” ??? Or maybe it’s, “If you remember the 1920’s, you’re probably dead.” 😀 😉
    Oh, yeah…sorry…that quote was about the 1960’s! 😛
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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