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Emo Scene Community Lifestyle & Culture

Like the social and fashion trends of eras long gone, emo is not simply about the way you dress - it is a lifestyle. It culminates in your clothing, shoes, hairstyle, attitude and - most importantly - musical selection. This section describes the emo lifestyle and attitudes.

People do tend to adopt at least the attitudes of the music they listen to most even if they don't admit it. This is because a lot of people are not able to separate themselves from the ideas that are expressed. Music is different from other art-forms in that it penetrates the soul in a way something visual cannot.

People seem to like to group together for some reason, its in our nature, and "emo" is just another group or sub-culture. People "join" it because they might agree with some, most or all of what the group is generally about.

Being "Emo" is just another way that people are trying to express themselves, really the same as other street styles, just with a different soundtrack. In the end, each of the people who have chosen to follow the scene is their own person- they are just part of a scene that is tipped as being defiant and unacceptable- something most young people are drawn to.
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What are Emo's like?

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Firstly, labeling someone as an emo based on their hair style is a poor way to interpret personal expression, just as calling someone a goth based on their preference for black clothing. Whether or not a person listens to emo music, writes emo poetry, or adopts an alternative lifestyle is a personal decision that does not automatically have anything to do with the colour or cut of their hair. Emo styles are unique, individual looks that say a lot about the persons style, but the emotions behind them may never be understood by anyone else.

When referring to a person's personality and attitude, most definitions of emo include a number of the following terms: sensitive, shy, quiet, sad, introverted, glum, self-pitying, mysterious and angst ridden. Depression and broken-heartedness are sometimes used to describe the emo personality. Emo's feel society doesn't accept them, they are outcasts and nobody understands them! This is generalising and it is important to note those into the emo / scene culture can obviously also be the opposite of the personality traits listed above as with anyone.

At its core, emo is all about being upfront with your emotions. Hot Topic even issued a patch that read, "cheer up, emo kid!" These personality traits are often identified by his/her music and fashion (generalising here). For example the emo band Hawthorne Heights contains multiple references to unrequited love, emotional and relationship problems. Many of these traits are present in most teenagers and not just emos!

The courting of misery and death is a long-established teenage tradition. When death is a long way off, you can afford to be more morbid about it. In particular, Goths and Emos are a rebellion against sporty, manly cultures.

Frailness, which conveys a sense of vulnerability has been associated with the male emo's in particular, but from what I know this isn't particularly valid.

Finally touching on the term "scene" that has become popular since the emo subculture kicked off. Scene kids I believe are more about the style and looking like an emo without the personality of it all. In other words, scene kids are the ones that dress emo, but only because it's a trend or you could say Scene is Emo without the emotion. The term is subject to significant debate like emo though.
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What do Emo's like to do?

Emo kids love the same things that other teenagers (and adults) do: they keep friends, love, smile and cry, go to the cinema or to concerts. Emos just tend to take the world around them in a more emotional way.

Artist talent is known to be associated with the emo culture along with a degree of sophistication and depth lacking in the blonde, bouncy chav faces which dominate our television screens and nightclubs.

Usually, Emo kids like to express their feelings writing poems and song lyrics about their problems with depression, loneliness, confusion, and anger; all because the world fails to understand them.

Anime is popular with emo girls and guys. Examples include Death Note, Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist and Vampire Knight.

Emo's like to go to gigs and gather on online communities such as this site, MySpace, Facebook, Bebo etc. In fact you can find a lot of emo's on the Internet. As a quick example, check out MySpace. It's the equivalent of a mating season for snakes, for emo's. Emos have a preference for taking photos using weird camera angles and Photoshopping them.

Emo's also like to use euphemisms in captions that are difficult to understand. For example, drawings of bloody eyeballs or a knife put to the wrist will be accompanied by emotive captions such as "If this is what it takes to make you listen."

Emo kids seek out each other to express their views on a society that they hate. The Internet has helped emo spread its web, allowing kids to access bands, ideas, ideology and emo culture.

Emo's are known to promote vegetarianism for moral reasons (which is one of their links to Straight Edge) They are also for the most part pacifistic and accepting, which can't be said for some of those who dislike Emo's.

The behaviors, attitudes, and values expressed through the music involve emotionally turbulent themes often associated with adolescence such as despair, nostalgia, heartbreak, hope, and self-loathing. The various and sometimes conflicting social practices associated with Emo subculture contain valuable insights into what it means to be an adolescent today.

Emo clearly is a popular genre with a lot of attractive elements to it and can help a person find friends where they aren't accepted elsewhere. For many youth, the Emo subculture facilitates identity formation, social interactions, and emotional involvement. It is a place where many adolescents share their experiences about the world and express their feelings about life through music.
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Criticism

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In the years since emo music's rise in popularity, both emo music and emo subculture have attracted sometimes severe criticism. The term emo itself is sometimes used pejoratively, to suggest that the target is "overly emotional" or "melodramatic." The outward expression of feelings makes them a target for ridicule. For example many articles bring us back to the age-old question: "How many emo kids does it take to screw in a light bulb? The answer is none. They prefer to sit alone in the dark and cry."

Critics of the sub-culture think that because emos feel that their lives are so tragic they should go to Africa or some other 3rd world country, and try to cope with their problems!

They feel that members of the subculture imagine or pretend that they lead harsh, painful lives when they actually live in comfortable, middle- to upper-class homes.

Numerous critics carry on to state that emos should get over themselves and that everyone's got it rough, but still manage to make it through. You just have to peel away the darkness and look at the light.

The whole Emo scene has been characterised as a ridiculous fad that will be discarded and forgotten in the near future.
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Self Harm, Depression and Suicide

Self-harm is wrongly associated with the emo culture and the media has played a large part in this describing "emo" as a corruptor of youth, which evokes a dangerous behavior that has taken control of kids. The popular article titled "EMO cult warning for parents" published by The Daily Mail has been slated for being poorly researched and very stereotypical as a result. The author, Sarah Sands states that, "the point of distinction, frightening for schools and parents, is a celebration of self harm. Emo's exchange competitive messages on their teenage websites about the scars on their wrists and how best to display them. Girls' secondary schools have for some time been concerned about the increase in self harm." The article gets more absurd mentioning "...a cult of suicide could have real and horrible consequences."

In response to this article and numerous later and equally ludicrous ones, passionate MCR (My Chemical Romance) / Emo Fans went to the effort of staging a protest against The Daily Mail's false "suicide cult" claims in London, UK

There are even news reports on YouTube like the following: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri6ySOHoDfk

Some people feel that it's the emo music which is too largely blame for all of this because the bands sing about self harming, etc and they inform a fragile audience that this is a way of life. A few bands do occasionally mention self harm but the main theme of most emo bands is heartbreak, not suicide or self harm. Plus what about other genres of music where the lyrics are about guns and drugs...Violent video-games? So many things can be seen as a bad influence to people. It's a never-ending circle.

Many emo's may well be depressed but saying that the culture is a "celebration of self harm", dangerous and increasing teenage suicide rates is a ridiculous exaggeration with no proven research. People who are emo are not depressed all the time, and they certainly do not condone suicide and self mutilation, only a hand full of radicals, just like any sub-culture. Furthermore, self-harm, depression and suicide has been a problem long before emo became a way to stereotype bands and people. People get depressed for many reasons; their girlfriend/boyfriend broke up with them, their dad or mom is an alcoholic, they had a close member of their family die, etc.

Cutting and other self-injury behaviors are serious - not "emo" and those doing this should seek help.
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Stereotyping and Emo Haters

There are a mass of articles and associated comments that stereotype the whole emo scene to death.

What is sad is the people who search for emo related key phrases on the web, find these emo websites just to bitch. Let people be who they want to be. It's not your choice. Leave them alone and let them live their lives so you can go live yours.

Why do people waste their time if they have no interest in the topic besides to write comments to people they don't know that barely make sense or just repeat the one above.

It is very annoying, and ironic, as you accuse the emo's of being just whiny people, when you're whining and complaining about them. Are they really bothering you that much?

It's pathetic and ignorant that people are judged by the way they dress or music they listen to. These do not make you a bad person or vice versa its clothing and music, nothing more. It's Not About The Way You Dress Or What Music You Listen To It's You. Consider the well know phrase, "Labels are for soup cans, not people." Of course some people hate and disagree with this phrase as well...

There are many emo articles with 100s of pointless comments. This is just annoying for viewers who actually want to learn about the emo scene.

At the end of the day we are entitled to our own opinions though and stereotypes are always going to exist.

In conclusion, gain influences from everyone and everything around you of course, do what you want to do and be who you want to be!
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Submitted by: Christina on Oct 11 2014, 12:26 AM

Thank you! someone who is willing to point out some obvious mistakes in society's stereotyping. I really appreciate you writing this article, it is so much easier to let it go when people call me "Emo" and give me scorn, knowing that they probably don't fully understand what "emo" really is.

Submitted by: Chris on Sep 16 2014, 05:02 PM

I find this page to be for the most part correct. I have dealt with severe clinical depression since age 12. Music has plaid a large role in my everyday life. I'm extremely sensitive and I'm angered easily by ignorant people. The stereotype that you see most is that when people see me in skinny jeans, band tees, and converse, or vans of my choice, they say to kill myself or go cut my wrists. Society doesn't really make me very comfortable.. We group together with the people who understand us most, and make us feel a little less alone and to fill us with some source of pride and acceptance.

Submitted by: Becky on Jul 13 2014, 02:51 PM

This article gives me hope that one day people will understand yhe emo kids

Submitted by: Jolt on Jul 10 2014, 01:27 AM

Wow, I really learned a lot about emo culture. I was a little worried that they were living up to stereo types, but I'm glad I could understand more of this.

Submitted by: Anonymous on Jun 27 2014, 03:12 AM

That clarified a lot about emo culture to me after hearing a those stereotypes about self injury and suicide being and emo thing. I guess I'm just lonely depressed pessimistic non-emo then by these standards :L

Submitted by: razOTAKU on Jun 11 2014, 07:58 PM

dude,in my country there are many nazi people especially teens
so emos are kind of moving away from the society and thats fuckin pissin me of
why cant they just let as live as we like

Submitted by: Gabby Breakneck on Apr 30 2011, 07:51 PM

WTF is up with that news report on youtube? like are you fucking kidding me??? thats ridiculous and pisses me off. Most of the critism doesnt phase me, but someone saying that ALL emos cut themselves, drives me nuts. 1) you dont have to be emo to cut. 2) just because you are not afraid of your emotions, does not mean you act on them in the most extreme way possible.

Submitted by: DogmaEqualsWrong on Apr 19 2011, 07:16 AM

@M. You talk about being mature, but be mature yourself, saying something is stupid because it's different than "normal" society is not mature. it's better being emo than "to quote Pink Floyd" another brick in the wall, and follow rules just because your told and live your life the way you are told because it is "gods will" or it's "just the way it is" and at the same time follow principals made up by fear for the unreal.

Submitted by: M. on Mar 09 2011, 12:20 AM

All of this Emo crap is really stupid. Be mature idiots.

Submitted by: soEmo.co.uk on Jan 23 2011, 08:49 PM

Emo's certainly aren't all depressed; no more than anyone else anyway. Get your daughter to join this site (if she hasn't already) and chat with lots of other people into the emo scene. Everyone is really friendly and will give excellent advice.

Submitted by: Angie on Jan 23 2011, 11:08 AM

Thanks for the info. I enjoy this music, but I feel my daughter is taking the depression attitude to the extreme which makes me worry. She claims that emo's act that way. Any advice?

Submitted by: SoEmOmE1 on Dec 22 2010, 04:41 AM

I'M 32 N' I'M EMO N' I LOVE WHO I AM!!! MY LOOK IZ THE WAY I EXPRESS MYSELF N' EVEN THOUGH PPL LOOK AT ME SIDEWAYZ IT DONT CHANGE THE WAY I LOVE ME. IF I LOOKED LIKE, THOUGHT, AND EXPRESS MYSELF THE SAME AS OTHERS THAN THAT WOULDN'T MAKE ME THE EMOTIC CHIC THAT I AM!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SO LUV MY EMO ME

Submitted by: soEmo.co.uk on Nov 14 2010, 01:41 PM

Diana it's good know you found this site helpful. There is a lot of false information on the Internet about "emo". Out of interest are any of your children into the emo scene?

Submitted by: Diana on Nov 14 2010, 06:11 AM

WOW! This has been very informative for me. At some point I heard about "emo" an just wanted to become a bit more educated about it because I have 4 children 17,13, 12, 7. This has been very helpful and there is alot of good information in this site. Thanks a bunch!

Submitted by: Brian on Aug 07 2010, 12:52 PM

Hello.. :) i have found this page both interesting and informative. I was a witness to some of the very first Emo/Screamo acts when i was alot younger (late 90's/early 00's) I have to say it has astounded me how it took off although i can't say i didn't expect it. At the time to me it seemed like a reaction against the mainstream, particularly the macho branded new metal that was around at the time. The only thing that has saddened me about the progress is the dilution of the original idea which has roots in post-hardcore and alternative musics. I hear many bands site Fugazi as a major influence. They have for years been a favorite of mine, i just find it hard to draw comparisons of where it all came from to where its gone. Has the trend replaced the original expression of an idea of unity? Can those who remember how it all began honestly say they accept the manufactured industry sound-alikes as being any better than the mainstream we sought to replace...

Submitted by: terry on Jul 06 2010, 01:14 AM

Hello I am of peru and want to know q brand of trousers they use the emos.( hola soy de peru y quiero saber que marca de pantalon usan los emos. )This one is my mail someone who writes to me dante2_4@hotmail.com
Or scream.emo.harry_black@hotmail.com

Submitted by: tia on Jul 04 2010, 09:06 PM

Well ppl at my school are always like OMG UR EMO!!!NO WAY!!DO U CUT URSELF? I dont but it gets annoying when pll just make asumptions about me and my life

Submitted by: Jody on Jun 21 2010, 09:27 PM

i do cut , but emo is defo not just about that people shouldnt be labled as 'emo' or or teased and bullshit for being emo, its just a wat of living our lives and i'm fed up with people saying horrid thing about me and other emo's its rediculus, but after this help think i can just ignor the idiots ;D

Submitted by: micjee on Apr 27 2010, 03:15 AM

haha.. cOOL , i luv em :')

Submitted by: WinterHalloweenRose666 on Mar 23 2010, 01:59 AM

I think your article was rather comprehensive. People at school have called me "emo," thinking that it must mean that I cut myself. At first I hated it, knowing only the negative connotations of that labeling. However, as I learned more about it, I started relating to some of the more...holistic definitions of emo. Unfortunately, every little scratch that I get on my arms, either from falling or paper cuts, is now pointed to and some ignorant people gasp, "OMG, YOU CUT YOURSELF!!! SO EMO!!!" and now all I do is laugh


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