This essay will analyse whether the iconic representation of the roaring twenties with the woman’s new right to sexuality, was a liberal step of progression within society or a capitalist venture to exploit a new viable market. Using Margaret Sanger’s work in comparison with a survey conducted by New Girls for Old, the former a more mature look at the sexuality and ownership to a woman ‘s body and the second a representation of girls coming of age in the sexually “free” roaring twenties . Margaret Sanger is known as “the mother of planned parenthood”, and in the source she collates a collection of letters to speak of the sexual enslavement of motherhood through the fulfilment of the husbands desires. While Blanchard and Manasses of New Girls for Old suggests the historical consensus that the flapper is a figment compared to the reality where promiscuity was largely condemned. Both sources approach an issue from a different demographic, the married young housewife and the of age generation in the roaring twenties respectively. If we compare intent, we see Sanger’s is a politically motivated piece seeking empathy compared to what appears to be a balanced study from New Girls for Old. Therefore the more representative source is that of the uninfluenced survey, while we can’t discount that they are selectively chosen; in comparison to Sanger’s selected testimonials are likely the most pressing and emotive letters written to her. This contrasting factor of intent also leads to their influence varying, as Engelman presents it was Sanger’s pivotal activist role that when combined with the radicals, socialites and professionals that led to the successive progress of the birth control movement as one of the few women led social movements i… … middle of paper … … fewer children was stressed to the patriarchal, consumerist society. The roaring twenties were a consumerist and capitalist age for America, and the liberalization of women occurred naturally as the younger generation was born into the new age of Freudian sexuality, however the flapper as a symbol for young women is incorrect. Out of proportion, and unfounded the flapper was a consumerist to exploit a rising cultural market. Women gained the right to their bodies, as America gained the right to its profit. Works Cited Engelman, P. (2011). A history of the Birth Control Movement in America. Praeger. Fass, P. S. (1977). The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s . New York: Oxford University Press. Idema, H. (1990). Freud, Religion, and the Roaring Twenties: A Psychoanalytic theory of Secularization in Three Novelists. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.