Hippie Movement Essay

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THE CONTROVERSY OF THE HIPPIE MOVEMENT
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Habiba Hussein
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Drugs, as mentioned earlier, had a huge, yet controversial, impact on the youth of the world. Of course as we know today, drugs have mostly negative side effects. These side effects were not as known to the Hippies at that time since science and medicine were not so well developed. To the
Hippies drugs were mainly viewed as a source of ecstasy or a way to feel solely the pleasures of life. Since some of the Hippies didn’t know the negative side effects of excessive drug use some of them died due to overdose and others had life-long physical or mental defects. But yet again, some didn’t suffer at all. This is a mere argument that might support those who claim the Hippies to be a “bad” part of world history.

Also, the Hippie period was one in which people could experiment with sex without a fear of discrimination. People became more open to casual sex, premarital sex and homosexuality at that time. People’s views on homosexuality were a bit more understanding and it was easier for people to “come-out”. Generally, people’s perspective on sexual intercourse as a whole has changed a lot since then. People whose families would have generally disowned them for having premarital sexual intercourse were some of the first to experiment with sex. To the conservative families of the era who viewed the Hippie Movement as damaging to the world’s youth this new leaf that the youth of the world have turned was just one downside of their

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