March - The Flapper Box
Posted on March 17 2019
Multiple societal factors led to the rise of the flappers. During World War I, women entered the workforce in large numbers, receiving higher wages that many working women were not inclined to give up during peacetime. In August 1920, women’s independence took another step forward with the passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.
The 1920s also brought about prohibition. Combined with an explosion of popularity for jazz music and jazz clubs, the stage was set for speakeasies, which offered illegally produced and distributed alcohol. Henry Ford’s mass production of cars brought down automobiles prices, allowing the younger generation far more mobility than in earlier eras. Many people, a number of them young women, drove these cars into cities, which experienced a population boom.
Due to these reasons and others, an unprecedented social explosion for young women was all but inevitable.
The classic image of a flapper is that of a stylish young party girl. Flappers smoked in public, drank alcohol, danced at jazz clubs, and practiced a sexual freedom that shocked the Victorian morality of their parents. Flappers were famous for their saucy attire. They donned loose fitting dresses of shorter, calf-revealing lengths, and lower necklines. You can imagine that refusing to wear a corset was a liberating choice and was probably unpopular among older generations! Flappers wore high heels and bras. Makeup became commonplace as they applied rouge, lipstick, mascara, and other cosmetics, and favored short hairstyles like the bob.
Not everyone was a fan of women’s newfound sexual freedom and consumer ethos, and there was inevitably a public reaction against flappers. Utah attempted to pass legislation on the length of women’s skirts. Virginia tried to ban any dress that revealed too much of a woman’s throat. Women in bathing suits that were deemed inappropriate were escorted off public beaches by police, or arrested if they refused.
The age of the flapper came tumbling down following the stock market crash (1929) and the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s. No one could afford the lifestyle any longer, and the new era of frugality made the freewheeling hedonism of the roaring twenties seem wildly out of touch with grim new economic realities. In the current day, we have come admire these women for taking us boldly out of the Victorian age.
We curated this special box in admiration of our rowdy, emboldened, and courageous sisters from a century ago!! It contains a Vamp Kit of Flapper essentials, a Time Capsule of actual flapper era relics, and a Self Pleasure Toy that reaps the benefit of the path of sexual liberation that flappers paved!
You can buy the Flapper Box Here