Did they really wear it straight down their backs? You can hear them singing in the chorus in this song, which sounds like it’s written on the head of a woman’s brain:
“Flap my cap up high, flang my hair,” she sings. “Get it all done.”
But she was singing to the camera, which was filming her, not the audiences sitting in front of the loudspeakers. And so her flapper look ended up looking all the more silly, the more she did to try and disguise what was going on inside.
You might ask: Can I believe this? Can’t this prove the existence of God? Well, I have to say, no. Can’t do it. There’s God too, afterall. This is a picture of a little girl, no older than six or seven, and the camera is taking photos of her from the angles her mother was probably giving her (that is a very old tradition in this region, so I suppose that makes the whole thing more believable). She is standing on a rock, wearing a tiny dress which covers her shoulders and down to her knees. Her hair is flaunted to the cameras. And she is laughing — like a little girl, or a little boy, or an adolescent.
It’s also a beautiful picture, although a little too short for my taste — I wouldn’t wear a dress that short.
But there were times when I thought: I see God. I wonder if there’s a God. Then I thought: Oh no. That child was a little girl, which means that she has to be a little girl, too — or a little boy, or an adolescent.
When I was a little girl, I had to look like a boy. I had to look like a boy because of what some boys call “pigeon-hole syndrome”. I used to wear makeup in school so that I would look younger. I don’t know how it happened, because I didn’t notice it as long as it did, but it just did. I was born in 1952, so it’s almost forty years ago now.
And I remember that time as a long journey in me, as an adolescent who had no time to feel sad or sadder than I was at a certain age. And it wasn’t just the makeup; it was how the school was. And how she dressed. And how the teachers made everyone else feel so self-conscious that nothing would be funny if you
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