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The Danger of Playing the Sport The 1920s and Dorothy Parkers Big BlondeThe 1920s and early 1930s also called the Jazz Age was a time for fun and showing off Dancing going to dinner parties and drinking and smoking with friends became the highlight of the times The economical world had come to the forefront placing great importance on commodities Cars jewelry and an attractive partner were regarded as necessities New promising careers became available to men such as lawyers and bankers The typical businessman image had emerged which is still valued today nearly sixty years later However womens economic opportunities remained limited so they were forced to play the game to find a man who would provide these much wanted possessions and hopefully get married and have a family Styles drastically changed Gone were the days of the old-fashioned girl and now was the time of the glamorous and sophisticated flapper Women were letting their hair down expressing their sexuality with newfound freedom The days had come where they could finally be seen somewhere else besides the home and that place had become on the arm of a man especially for social gatherings Marriage money and happiness were the new womans quest and in most of their eyes the only answer was the opposite sex Pettit 50 These expected and ambiguous gender roles particularly the womens role of the time are interesting to study because they show the shift that had taken place from the Victorian era and can best be seen in the writings of the 1920s and 30s discourse Female writers of that time best portray the shift that had taken place from the old identities of the Victorian way of thinking to the new identities of the speakeasies way of thinking One of the most well known writers for these times is Dorothy Parker a sarcastic and witty poet and writer also famous for her position at the Algonquin Round table
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