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A Flapper is one who flaunts disorderly conduct and dressThere are many degrees of flapper There is the semi-flapper the flapper the superflapper Each of these three main general divisions has its degrees of variation I might possibly be placed somewhere in the middle of the first class I think every one realizes by this time that there has been a marked change in our much-discussed tactics Jazz has been modified and probably will continue to be until it has become obsolete Petting is gradually growing out of fashion through being overworked Yes undoubtedly our hopeless condition is improving But it was not for discussing these aspects of the case that I began this article I want to beg all you parents grandparentsfriends teachers and preachers--you who constitute the older generation--to overlook our shortcomings at least for the present and to appreciate our virtues I wonder if it ever occurred to any of you that it required brains to become and remain a successful flapper Indeed it does It requires an enormous amount of cleverness and energy to keep going at the proper pace It requires self-knowledge and self-analysis We must know our capabilities and limitations We must be constantly on the alert Attainment of flapperhood is a big and serious undertaking Brains you repeat skeptically Then why arent they used to better advantage That is exactly it And do you know who is largely responsible for all this energy being spent in the wrong directions You You parents grandparents friends teachers and preachers--all of you The war you cry It is the effect of the war And then you blame prohibition Yes Yet it is you who set the example there But this is my point Instead of helping us work out our problems with constructive sympathetic thinking and acting you have muddled them for us more hopelessly with destructive public condemnation and denunciation Think back to the
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