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galen  ·  408 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 8, 2017

There's no doubt in my mind that you were joking (probably rather hilariously), but I still winced at "genie pants, dreads, and a flight to Nepal" ;)

AnSionnachRua  ·  408 days ago  ·  link  ·  

A close friend of mine went off to India to learn how to sing a few months ago, and I recently came across a photo of him wearing a turban. Said friend has at least three pairs of genie pants.

I was discussing a long time ago with another friend how odd it is that certain loosely-defined groups of people you'd normally associate with non-conformism basically have their own uniforms. Like metalheads with patched jackets and long hair, piercings and tattoos, or the aforementioned hippies. I've met a whole bunch of girls with a nose piercing, one long braid or dread somewhere in their hair, a leather bracelet or two, tattoos of ink, henna, or both, and those pants.

Not ragging on the pants, mind. They're super comfy and I used to own three pairs of them. Then I gave them to turban guy.

rjw  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think those people still want conformity and the feeling of being part of a group - only it's not the 'mainstream' society. I don't see any problem with that. Nose piercings are definitely mainstream now though!

galen  ·  408 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Because they're not trying to be nonconformist (at least in appearance). They're trying to signal it.