Butterfly women, ‘Chinamen’, dope fiends and metropolitan allure
in Modern women on trial
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This chapter concerns about young modern women/flappers of the Metropolis. It concerns whether their debates and anxieties concerning their susceptibility to pursuit of sensation, pleasure and desire be sought in the West End or by Chinese men in the East End. The chapter focuses on the representation of three different 'types' of modern woman: the 'butterfly' woman of the West End, the 'lured' young woman attracted to the 'Chinaman' of the East End, and the female 'dope fiend'. Concern with the modern woman as consumer and/or seller of drugs and/or pursuer of the 'Chinaman' was played out in various sites, especially in the press, in popular culture and in the law courts. In 1914, antagonism directed at the black and Chinese men also took the form of hostility towards these men's supposedly alien status.

Modern women on trial

Sexual transgression in the age of the flapper

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