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