An alternative lifestyle is a lifestyle diverse in respect to mainstream ones or generally perceived to be outside the cultural norm. Lifestyle is a media culture term derived from the concept of style in art. Usually, but not always, it implies an affinity or identification within some matching subculture (e.g. hippies, goths and punks). Some people with alternative lifestyles mix elements from various sub cultures (grunge musicians were often influenced by a mixture of the punk, hippie, emo and heavy metal subcultures).
Not all minority lifestyles are held to be “alternative”, so the term tends to apply to newer forms of lifestyle, often based upon enlarged freedoms (especially in the sphere of social styles), or a decision to substitute another approach or to not follow the usually expected path in most societies.
The following are examples which may be considered by some to be alternative lifestyles:
- Nudism and clothing optional lifestyles
- Body modification, including tattoos, body piercings, suspension, and transdermal implants
- Non-normative sexual lifestyles, such as LGBT (often used euphemistically), BDSM, swinging, polyamory, and certain types of sexual fetishism or paraphilia
- Adherents to alternative spiritual and religious practices, such as vampirism, Wicca, Satanism, or cults
(Note: only those that might fall into the focus of tpok.network are listed above)