What’s a “Freak Flag?”

During the 1960’s and 70’s, I began hearing the word, “freak.” The word was used by hippies who liked differentiating themselves from mainstream America. When I heard the expression, I envisioned Frankenstein, so was not endeared to the term, as were those who used it proudly. Jimmy Hendrix used the expression, “freak flag,” as did rock star, David Crosby, referring to his long hair. Flying your freak flag is also associated with letting loose, being creative, having fun in an adventurous way, thinking outside the box, that sort of thing. The dictionary defines freak as abnormal or irregular but also whimsical or fancy. I’ve always thought of a freak flag as the long ponytail of a man. There are still a lot of those around. Perhaps they’ve heard that there are pheromones in long hair, pheromones that are sexually attractive. Suellen Ocean is the author of the contemporary novels Gold River and Gone North. Available here:


Gold River: https://www.createspace.com/4241815

Gone North: https://www.createspace.com/4241859

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Gold River Colored Cover    GoneNorthCover


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