"gobbing paint on her face"
Early lipstick advert
Public DomainEarly lipstick advert

The use of cosmetics by women from ‘good families’, not to mention the revealing clothes Quentin favours, was a new phenomenon associated with the flourishing aspirationalism of the ‘roaring twenties’ and the rise of the flapper. Though these social changes were felt with less force in the rural South than in the heaving metropolises of New York and New Orleans, the era nonetheless fostered the possibility for greater female self-expression. However, ‘painting’ was still considered to be a byword for prostitution and those who practiced it were perceived as having loose sexual morals.