The hip­pie fad even­tu­ally van­ished.

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - out­look@wash­ Joshua Clark Davis is a pro­fes­sor of his­tory at the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more and the au­thor of “From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Ac­tivist En­trepreneurs.”

“We are the chil­dren of the 60s and 70s kids, who were try­ing to fig­ure out life af­ter the 60s hip­pies died out,” writer Natalyn Cham­ber­lain wrote in a lament for post-hip­pie cul­ture in the on­line mag­a­zine Odyssey; a travel guide to odd­ball Amer­i­can lo­cales sim­i­larly as­serts that the hip­pies have “faded away,” while a Texas Monthly ar­ti­cle by Peter Ap­ple­bome re­ports that hip­pies “died out” some­time be­fore 1982.

Yet it’s less the case that the hip­pies died out, dis­ap­peared or faded away, and more that all of us be­came hip­pies. In­deed, a num­ber of coun­ter­cul­tural prac­tices that were once seen as fringe are now widely ac­cepted parts of Amer­i­can life. Yoga, to name one ex­am­ple, was cham­pi­oned by hip­pies long be­fore it be­came a main­stream phe­nom­e­non. The same goes for or­ganic food and veg­e­tar­ian, whole-grain di­ets. And hip­pies cel­e­brated ca­sual dress, es­pe­cially blue jeans and an­drog­y­nous styles, re­ject­ing the con­ven­tional wis­dom that cloth­ing should be for­mal and gen­der-spe­cific. Their fash­ion sense paved the way for our cur­rent era, when many Amer­i­cans wear ca­sual cloth­ing for all oc­ca­sions and fewer and fewer work­places re­quire em­ploy­ees to dress up. All of th­ese things, once con­sid­ered sym­bols of the hip­pie life­style, are now fully en­trenched in Amer­i­can cul­ture.

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