Playing devil's advocate, isn't 'expressing yourself with dreads, tye-dye and flowers in your hair' conforming just as much to a sub-culture - which may not be 'mainstream' but is just as much a club? If you really believe in self-expression, why not go naked? Wear your pyjamas to the supermarket? Or just a cushion cover? Or are you only brave enough to pin your colours to a subcult mast, rather than going it alone with truly eccentric dress-sense? Ultimately, it's just another outward show of fashion preferences. In the course of the day what we are wearing is seen more by other people than it is by ourselves and signals how much we want to align ourselves with our chosen *tribe*.
The so-called alternatives are as narrow-minded as the mainstream, albeit expressed in a different way. What's inside is all there is, and all that counts, and it's hardest part to see. I don't give a flying fuck what someone chooses to wear - but I expect that to be reciprocated. You may well see me in a suit. Or filthy jeans. Or a shalwar kameez. Or a minidress. Personally I pick clothes that feel right for the occasion - not to convince myself or any other fucker that I'm *worthy* or *alternative*. And if I've time to self-express, I'd rather use it to self-express in the garden, or on paper, or with music rather than trying to work out where I should stick a new hole in my face.
I know that if I dye my hair purple, it may put me at a disadvantage if I go for a job. At the moment, giving myself the best possible chance in an interview is more important to me than having purple hair. If your image is more important than earning some money to buy the woodland that you dream of, then good luck to you, but it's an image. That's all. Shut your eyes and we all look the same.
'There's no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing' rings true about other situations, not only meteorological ones...
Amazing this is pretty much what I wanted to say.
If it is all hippy bollocks of "its whats inside that count" then yeah it doesnt fucking matter what I look like. I'd hate to think that all I was was a tie dye jumper and knotted hair and somehow removing that makes me a boring non-person, I'm still the same nutter inside.
What is fucking pissing me off is idle hippy bastards sat stoned off their tits on the dole ranting about "the maaan" and selling out. If anything is making me want to get the fuck away even faster.
I am on a bit on an anti hippy rage, but its dying down I did cut my dreads off a few days after I started this thread and I don't regret it. It's insane how differently people are treating me. I'm being treated like I'm more intelligent, apparently I'm way more attractive and I haven't had anyone shout abuse at me yet! woohoo! ?(it will happen though... "BULLDYKE!"
Yeah there is negative stereotyping attached to everything, but hippy is a weird one in that its mostly negative, and acceptable. It's socially fine for someone to suggest my pockets are full of weed, but for example mentioning every day to a muslim she may have a bomb under her burqa isn't socially acceptable, neither would asking a blonde female college to get her tits out etc etc These are all negative stereotypes worth fighting against.
hippy is a FASHION. Therefore cannot be taken seriously. You could say the same for any subculture... its all fashion. therefore it's not a real issue, yeah you're expressing yourself great but theres a million ways you can do that, but there really are more important things in the world to rally against.
Not looking like a woodstock dropout doesn't necessarily = grey high street clone.
I thought about it... but seriously I do not "get" normal clothes and I'd feel like a dick in them, it really isn't me.
I just mean smartening myself up, I've started to but I don't have enough money for clothes at the minute, might do some charity shopping later though. I can still be a bit different and have my own thing going on, but just in a .. smarter way.. I cant think of another way to put it...