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Political changes were another cause of the flapper culture.
World War I reduced the grip of the class system on both sides of the Atlantic, encouraging different classes to mingle and share their sense of freedom.
In polite society at the time, a teenage girl who had not "come out" would still be classed as a child.
She would be expected to keep a low profile on social occasions and ought not to be the object of male attention.
This discrepancy between the law-abiding, religion-based temperance movement and the actual ubiquitous consumption of alcohol led to widespread disdain for authority.