"FEEL MY LEGS I JUST SHAVED"
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
The 1920s was a decade not so unlike the 1960s, or so Judith Mackrell writes in her book Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation. While the more recent period of free love might be hailed as the more significant period of sexual freedom and progressiveness for women’s rights and voices to be heard, things were happening largely in Europe that put real change into motion, and most of them can be attributed to a handful of artists, writers, actors and performers who weren’t interested in being subservient wives and dutiful mothers, at least not those two things alone. Flappers, available now from Sarah Crichton Books, profiles the lives of Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Zelda Fitzgerald and Tamara de Lempicka while also highlighting several other women in the same progressive movement as their lives were inevitably intertwined. And one thing that is clear from the stories: Women who acknowledged their sexual attraction to other women or who did not shy away from friendships with women that identified as other than straight were those who led to the most social change.
• a transphobic woman is not a feminist
• a racist woman is not a feminist
• a homophobic woman is not a feminist
• exclusionary feminism is not feminism
FILM MEME: 1/5 ACTORS: ADRIEN BRODYWhat guides me is to do work that’s more avant-garde—things that I think are special. You can easily become a celebrity and get caught up in all that blur. I just want to work and surprise myself.