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  • Basic Trope: A middle-or-upper-class person who leans to the left politically.
  • Straight: Alice lives in a nice house in Suburbia. She also gives generously to her local PBS station and Planned Parenthood, attends yoga classes several times weekly, buys her vegetables at the local farmer's market, buys from local artisans and Mom-and-Pop stores (especially if they're owned by a woman and/or a minority), votes in favor of civil rights, women's rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, and attends a protest almost every week.
  • Exaggerated: Alice does all of the above, plus she eats a vegan diet (and may or may not be a member of an Animal Wrongs Group), doesn't shave or wear a bra, and much prefers essential oils over modern medicine.
    • Alice quits her job and sells her house. She buys a tiny home, sets up what she needs to live "off the grid," and earns a living selling crystals and essential oils.
  • Downplayed: Alice gives birth at home, assisted by a midwife, rather than at a hospital, assisted by an obstetrician.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted: Alice believes she is marginalized, even though she's quite privileged.
  • Subverted: Alice is seen taking her kids to be vaccinated.
    • Alice believes that Good Girls Avoid Abortion.
    • Alice buys eggs at the supermarket.
    • Alice attends church every Sunday.
    • Alice believes that sex should be reserved for marriage, or at least long-term, committed relationships.
    • Alice uses essential oils to make her home smell nice, and maybe as an element of a homemade cleaning product, not as medicine.
    • Alice works a corporate job, and in fact is a very high-level executive.
    • Alice is in favor of the death penalty for certain serious crimes, such as rape or murder.
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    • Alice lives in an overpriced studio apartment on the Wrong Side of the Tracks, with minimal furniture and no cable, and works 3 jobs just to make ends meet.
    • Someone complains that Alice is not making enough of an effort to make her activism intersectional, or is engaging in cultural appropriation, or what have you.
    • Alice's husband is a member of a prominent hate group.
    • Alice watches a Reality TV show.
    • Alice gives birth at a hospital, or at least at a birthing center, not at home. She feels that homebirth is too risky.
  • Double Subverted: Only because it's mandatory at their school.
    • All the same, she recognizes that unless it concerns her body, it's not her choice to make, and she also recognizes that if it becomes illegal, those determined to have one will find a way (even if that way isn't safe), so she votes in favor of keeping it safe and legal.
    • She makes sure they're organic, free-range, cage-free eggs.
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    • She's easily the least conservative member of the congregation, and in fact is trying to reform her church from the inside out to be more progressive. And she only shares her faith with people who ask about it.
    • She doesn't participate in Slut-Shaming, and recognizes that other people have the right to make choices with other consenting adults, even if they're not choices she'd make.
    • She likes how some of the scents make her feel: happier, less stressed, nostalgic, more energetic, relaxed, etc.
    • She decides that she's not happy, so she quits her job and starts a business selling crystals, essential oils, and handmade soaps. And she sells her Big Fancy House and moves to a tiny house off the grid.
    • She also thinks that capital punishment should be rare, and that it should only be used in cases where the condemned is beyond a reasonable doubt guilty, and proven as such by DNA and other evidence.
      • Alternatively, she still votes against it, because she recognizes that it tends to disproportionately affect those who are poor and/or minorities, there's no possibility of bringing someone Back from the Dead who was executed for a crime they didn't commit, and she doesn't see the logic in killing someone to teach the lesson that killing people is wrong.
    • She still votes for causes that support the middle and working class, civil rights, women's rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. And she recognizes that though she doesn't have much money, and does perhaps face some other challenges (such as misogyny), she does also have other forms of privilege. She can hold hands, or hell, straight-up make out with her boyfriend in public. She can always find stylists and hair-care products that work for her hair type. She never gets followed at the store on the assumption that she'll shoplift.
    • She issues a public apology, and follows through by learning more about those issues and improving the way she goes about them. And to prove her point, she shaves off her white-girl dreadlocks on camera.
    • All this time, he's been telling her he's been going bowling with his friends. When she finds out that he's been going to KKK meetings instead, she immediately files for divorce, applies for (and gets) full custody of the kids, destroys the photo albums associated with the wedding, has the rings melted down, burns her wedding dress, moves across the country, and never speaks to him again. She is terribly angry with herself for not seeing the signs sooner, and wonders if that somehow makes her complicit. (Even though she didn't know, and she's not responsible for his behavior.)
    • It's one that's educational, not something that appeals to the Lowest Common Denominator.
    • She picks a hospital whose L & D suites are very home-like instead of very clinical, refuses to be given painkillers, episiotomy, or an epidural, and is assisted by a midwife rather than an OB.
  • Parodied: New-Age Retro Hippie
  • Zig Zagged: ???
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  • Enforced: ???
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  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: A politician caters to such people.
  • Defied: Alice's belief is "Screw you, I got mine!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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