Alternative lifestyle

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An alternative lifestyle is a lifestyle perceived to be outside the cultural norm. The phrase may be used by someone to describe their own lifestyle, or someone else's. Description of a related set of activities as an alternative lifestyle is a defining aspect of certain subcultures.


Alternative lifestyles and subcultures originated in the 1920s[1][better source needed] with the "flapper" movement, when women cut their hair and skirts short (as a symbol of freedom from oppression and the old way of living). Women in the flapper age were the first large group of females to practice pre-marital sex, dancing, cursing, and driving in modern America without scandal following them.[citation needed]

A Stanford University cooperative house, Synergy, was founded in 1972 with the theme of "exploring alternative lifestyles."


Housetruckers. Photo taken at the 1981 Nambassa 5 day festival

The following are examples of[better source needed][who?][why?][when?] alternative lifestyles. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

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  1. ^ Bland, Lucy (2013-09-30). Modern women on trial: Sexual transgression in the age of the flapper. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9781847798961.
  2. ^ Makai, Michael (September 2013). Domination & Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook. Createspace. ISBN 978-1492775973.

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