The “New Woman” Series Strikes Again: The Flapper Bob


Remember my friend Sarah’s series on The New Woman that I posted about earlier here and here? Well, Sarah came out with another post yesterday in this series that was too hard to pass up. If you’re wondering, it was all about this:

bernice bobs her hair saturday evening post cover

Clearly, this woman regrets bobbing her hair! Sadface. Photo Source: Pintrest

Bernice Bobs Her Hair by Coles Phillips. The Saturday Evening Post, November 6, 1920.

In her excellent new post, Sarah discusses the controversy behind a woman getting her hair bobbed. While these days getting your hair cut short is no big deal, during the 1920s it was a radical socio-political act: a woman who cut her hair wasn’t just removing hair. Rather, she was symbolically cutting herself off from the Victorian and Edwardian ideals of her mother and grandmother, and publicly declaring herself part of a new generation.

Unsurprisingly, not all women were comfortable with such a dramatic change, especially at the beginning of the decade. While it might have been “smart” to cut one’s hair, it wasn’t done lightly. This 1924 song  “Shall I Have it Bobbed or Shingled?” sums up their conflicted feelings rather well, actually:


So if not all women were comfortable with it, why did so many do it? You’ll have to read Sarah’s post to find out. If you’re interested in early women’s history, her post is definitely worth your time—and so is the rest of her series. Here are the other topics she’s covered so far:

Flapper Jane Goes Shopping for Make-Up

Safer, Handier and Sexier: Flapper Jane Appropriates the New Make-Up

Shameless, Selfish and Honest: The New Breed of Woman Who Dominated the XX Century

So go ahead and check out her blog. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂







About lupachi1927

My name's Megan, and I'm a writer with an interest in history. While I might not be a real historian, I'm a very thorough researcher. This blog is my place to post about all the interesting historical tidbits I find that can't use in the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Chicago in 1927. If you're looking for research help, writing feedback, or just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line! :)
This entry was posted in 1920s fads, Social Customs of the 1920s and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to The “New Woman” Series Strikes Again: The Flapper Bob

  1. jazzfeathers says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my post 🙂
    And where did you find that song? It’s incredible.
    Don’t you find it intersting that it’s a man singing about what women are doing? It’s kind of trying to take their voices from them, to state in a man’s voice what women wanted. And, as quite a few of the magazine articles I read, the song is trying to infer that women cut their hair not because they wanted, but because there was a social pressure to do so.

    Thanks for sharing the song, it’s very interesting 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s