We often hear talk of the sexual revolution that took place in the s, but few are aware of the massive changes around sex and sexuality that occurred earlier in the century. Thanks to the efforts of suffragettes such as Emmeline Pankhurst , British women had been given the power to vote in — the first major step on the long road to equality. Women were becoming a force to be reckoned with in society, due in no small part to having kept things going at home while so many men were away during the Great War it only became known as WWI after the advent of the second world war. Many of them had entered the workforce during the Great War and were already enjoying freedoms unheard of in previous generations. Added to this, the deaths and casualties of the war meant that there were far fewer single men around — if women stuck to previous customs of waiting politely to be noticed and then married, they could be waiting a very long time indeed — better to get on and enjoy life in the meantime. According to Encyclopedia.
The Scandalous Sex Parties That Made Americans Hate Flappers
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Couples drank, mingled, and eventually started kissing, moving from partner to partner. What had started as a wild bohemian party was now something more intimate. Eve Blue , a college undergraduate, was there for the fun. That December night, she kissed six men, caressing and touching them but never going all the way.
Accompanying the focus on glamour and leisure in the s and s was a growing public expression of sexuality. While an underworld of prostitution was already in existence, a popular and sexualized urban environment emerged during this period. Part of what made the environment sexual was the mingling of men and women, especially young men and women, with minimal supervision and where people consumed alcohol. Most recreation had formerly been sex-segregated or linked to family and religion. The growing popularity of the automobile also facilitated increased sexual activity among young people because of the privacy it provided.