Hippies Life

By Valencia Higuera

The 1960's gave birth to the "Hippies." These were individuals best known for rejecting many of society's morals and attitude. Those who did not live during this era may be able to pinpoint a hippie while browsing photographs depicting the sixties.

Hippies were likely the ones wearing very flamboyant outfits painted with flowers, long hair, and giving a peace sign.

Hippies were born in the midst of a revolution. The revolution of the 1960's was a time when sexual freedom, drug use, and wild music took centered stage.

Hippies were often termed swingers. The introduction of the birth control pill gave many adults "and teenagers" the freedom to experiment with sex without the fear of pregnancy.

The birth control pill was especially praised among females. For the first time, women could express their sexuality with a number of partners.

Hippies were also known to engage in risky drug behavior. During the 1960's drugs such as marijuana, LSD, and cocaine were easily accessible.

Because hippies adopted a notion of freedom, many experimented with drugs in order to achieve a euphoric state of mind. Unfortunately, several hippies of the sixties developed addiction problems and died from drug overdose.

Despite negative thoughts associated with this specific group of individuals, hippies were known for their love and compassion for others.

The 1960's were a time or racial divide among Americans. Schools were segregated, and people of different races had a unconcealed hate for one another.

On the other hand, the hippies embraced everyone regardless of color, faith, or sex. Hippies were deeply concerned with ending segregation, which prompted many to take part in historic movements such as the March on Washington.

Moreover, hippies promoted love, thus many were involved in several protests to end the Vietnam War.
 

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