Betty Boop Represents Independence!

When you take the time to carefully look at the cartoon character Betty Boop, you’ll notice something very interesting. Besides that obvious attempt at humor, you’ll also see a type of female independence that had begun to get popular ever since women had been given the right to vote not too long before Betty Boop was created. At that time, women had been demonstrating a new type of individuality through behavior and characterizations associated with “flappers” beginning int he 1920s.  Women started dressing more outrageously and living a more exaggerated lifestyle as opposed to just being in the background. This was the era that gave birth to the Betty Boop character.

Fortunately, the  humor of the Betty Boop cartoons were able to mask this new idea through humor – so she was accepted. But even so, there were still problems with censorship and the creators  of Betty Boop had to work around that. But when you consider the era, it was amazing at what Betty Boop was allowed to get away with before she was toned down to adhere to more family standards. A great example is a hula dance she did wearing nothing but a grass skirt and a flowered lei around her neck which showed the sides of her unclothed breasts!