Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Goth Challenge 6-10

Due to conflicts in my personal life, an actual content post will not be appearing this week. Instead, I have the second edition to the 30 Day Goth Challenge for you all. In addition, if you have not signed the petition to defend our freedom of speech on the internet, you should here. As of right now, it has 80,000 of the 100,000 signatures needed. If possible, contact your local representatives to inform them of how you, the constituent, would like the bill to be voted on. Thank you very much.

6. Hand write your favorite lyric and take a picture.

7. Ten of your favorite goth bands.

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The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, Sopor Aeternus, Ashbury Heights, Siouxsie and the Banshees. The Sisters of Mercy, The Smiths, Type O Negative. Not a hugely original list, but I'm really not looking for a conflict about whether certain bands are really Goth so I kept things classic.

8. What's your worst and best experience with non-Goths?

I'm pretty sure that putting this picture on your Goth blog is some kind of law.
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I assume the challenge is saying experiences with non-goths that you don’t know, otherwise my best experiences have been with my best friends (for I really only have one goth friend in the real world) and the worst with bullies in elementary school made up my worst experiences. Anyway.

With random strangers my favorite and best experience was with a little girl in a rest stop when I was on a road trip who took in my poofy skirts and vaguely Victorian-esque blouse with a look of wonder. Her mother kept calling her away but she always looked back with this expression of child-like glee. That expression made it one of my favorite experiences, even though we never exchanged words.

9. What genre of music do you dislike?

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I’m not big on rap, country, blueglass, blues, jazz, “hippie music”, screamo, grunge music or speed metal. But, there are some exceptions of course. I’m not hugely discriminatory against most music, it’s just that I live in a bubble of my music tastes and rely on friends/family/peoples from the interwebs to pull me out and show me other things.

10. What do you hate and love about the subculture?

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I hate that we all seem to be drama queens, me included. No, don’t you dare say “alas, the rest of the goths are, but not I! Not I!” Most everyone in this scene has been involved in some sort of drama. There’s nothing wrong with it, really, but it does get a bit exhausting when you want to do something else besides gossip.
I also hate how some people in the subculture are very narrow minded, since the stereotype that seems to be mostly true is that we’re open minded people. People who are prejudiced against others, people who can’t take a joke about gothy cliches, people who will only listened to Approved Genres of Goth Music, etc. They make me grind my teeth.

Also, and this is just me being annoyed at my own age, I hate how some older goths act towards younger goths. Just because we’re younger doesn’t mean we’re ignorant.

BUT! I love this dark whimsy that the subculture embraces. I love our melodrama, our fancy, our decadence, our willingness to laugh at ourselves (mostly. See above) I love the open expression of our aesthetic preferences, I love the passion that drives us to become artists and musicians and students of all types. I love the way that most embrace ideas of beauty that modern society doesn’t, as a whole. I love our willingness to meld with other subcultures and say “Cool. We’re all freaks here.” I love the music, how it can be so dark and energetic at the same time. I love our literature, especially how varied it is. I love doing the Mutual Freak Nod when I see another gothy type out and about. Fuck. I love Goth. I just do.

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