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What is Emo - Introduction to the Emo Scene Community - page 3

EMO means "emotional"...

Emo is a slang term known to be short for emotional, but that doesn't make much sense really. If you claim "emo" were to mean "emotional" it then becomes an all encompassing word. It becomes extremely vague and it has no limit as to what it can describe. Emo when wrongfully used to mean "emotional" describes every living thing, every song, every word, every breath, every statement.
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EMO is a subculture...

The term emo is used to describe a subculture which has evolved dramatically over time so the emo of yesterday and today will be discussed.
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Emo of yesterday...

Emo was created as a shortened term to describe a specific thing, in this case "emotive hardcore" developed out of the D.C. punk scene in the 80s. In its original incarnation, emo was short for emocore, or emotional-hardcore. The name was applied to hardcore punk rock bands who distinguished themselves from their peers by adding an emotional element to their music. Themes of sadness, love and angst were dealt with in their lyrics. The music was also characterised by particularly dramatic vocals which left the audience in an emotionally charged state, crying or screaming. Real Emo was manly and hard. It was fast and thrashy sung in a way that wasn't pretencious and whiney. This genre is still alive today, although very obscure and unknown to most.

The history of emo is somewhat less ambiguous than its current meaning which is detailed next.
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Emo of today...

Emo Girl, Emo Rangers

Emo Guy

The emo culture continued to develop through the 90's and into the new millennium really kicking off around 2003 and reaching the height of its popularity to date. The word has been adopted by a whole generation of teenage music lovers for whom a melodramatic attitude and style of dress is just as important as musical taste. It's now seen as one of the more consumer-driven subcultures, and one of the most brand-obsessed.

Initially defined as a genre of music, nowadays the cultural phenomenon that is Emo is much more than that encompassing its own set of fashion, style, behavior, and perspectives on life within the definition. The music is also significantly different to what was once classed as emo. These changes/evolution obviously are the subject of debate and anger "yesterdays true" emos. At the end of the day its just a word that has horned its way into popular usage while shedding many of the qualities that originally defined it.

Punk which can be described as Emo's predecessor also evolved to encompass a diversified set of lifestyle suggestions above and beyond the kind of music, including certain behaviors, fashion imperatives and identity traits which are indicative of an emerging new culture. Emo still has its roots firmly planted in music with "emotion" is at its core though.

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. For many youth, 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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Emo Music [read more]

By the millennium arguably "emo" bands were garnering regular rotation on MTV, Kerrang, etc and radio stations nationwide. These days, emo (inc. screamo, etc) music has been popularised and sent into the mainstream through bands like Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, MCR, Aiden, Atreyu, Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, Funeral For A Friend, etc...(see emo bands)
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Emo Fashion [read more]

Pretty Emo Girl

Emo Guy - Sonny Moore

Emo Girl - Blonde

Emo Guy Boy - White Hoody

Emo Scene Girl

Probably nothing characterises the Emo look more than the Emo hairstyle - long fringe (bangs) brushed to one side of the face or over one or both eyes, dyed black (or other colors), straightened and layered... Spikes are occasionally accentuated at certain angles of the hair.

Emo clothing is characteristed by skinny jeans (usually black), tight band or vintage looking t-shirts or zip- hoodies, studded belts, converse or skate shoes, black nail polish and eye liner on both genders. Black thick-rimmed glasses are another popular feature.

Today's emo fashion derives its influence from the gothic subculture as well as from punk.
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Emo Lifestyle [read more]

When referring to a person's personality and attitude, most definitions of emo include a number of the following terms: shy, quiet, mysterious, introvert, angst ridden and sensitive often identified by his/her music and fashion. (generalising here). Artist talent is known to be associated with the emo culture along with a degree of sophistication and depth. Emos can feel they are misunderstood by society.

Emo's like to go to gigs, write poetry (of the romantic and morbid kind), gather on online communities such as soEmo.co.uk, Myspace, etc. They are like any normal person really!

Self-harm is wrongly associated with the emo culture and the media has played a large part in this describing the emo scene as dangerous for example!
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Confusion and Criticism

The term's definition is still the subject of debate, with some question as to whether it can even be defined. There is no one definition of emo, nowadays it is seemed to describe anything that's a little bit different from the social 'norms' if you will.

Many other music-centered cultural movements are difficult to define. Meanings evolve, replicate, and recombine so that Emo, which started as a somewhat "agreed-upon" collective subculture, has become a highly contested set of meanings and collective practices. "Emo" will just get harder and harder to define as time goes on...You can get into a hundred pointless debates about the definition and origin of emo.

In the years since emo music's rise in popularity, it has attracted criticism, often severe.

Society sometimes considers emos as failures; they are not strong enough to hide their emotions, they're sensitive, shy, introverted, and often quiet. The outward expression of feelings makes them a target for ridicule. Usually, Emo kids like to express their feelings writing poems about their problems with depression, confusion, and anger; all because the world fails to understand them.

Emo has been characterised as a fad that will be discarded and forgotten in the near future. Critics cast the emo music as lacking any artistic merit and/or musical skill, the emo fashion as embarrassing and the emo people as imagining or pretending that they lead harsh, painful lives when they actually live in comfortable, middle- to upper-class homes.

The ones who are emo not because they feel it, but because they like to be trendy are named 'posers'. Apparently a big percent of the current emo subculture is formed by posers.

The emo subculture is accused that it is celebrating self-harm. I think you'll agree this is pretty stupid though! A lot of the pathethic anti-emo quotes shown below link emo to self harm:

"It's like the Emo culture has taken Punk and sprayed it with girly deoderant."
"I'm so Emo, even surgeons are impressed with my skills with a blade."
"I'm so emo, its a lucky day if I get a papercut."
"I'm so emo, i'm changing my name to Gillette."
"I wish my lawn were emo...then it would cut itself."
"I'm so emo, i attempted to drown myself... in my own tears."
"Im so emo, id cut my wrists and hope to die with tears of blood running from my eye."

MCR (My Chemical Romance) / Emo Fans even staged a protest against The Daily Mail's false "suicide cult" claims in London, UK
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The themes underpinning the Emo revolution will never go away. They will always be prominant feature of mainstream youth culture. Emo, as a catch-all phrase, will eventually phase out and be replaced by a new word-of-the-day befitting the emotional character of the times.

The term "scene" has become popular since the emo subculture kicked off. Scene kids or scenesters 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 a significant debate like emo though.
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Emo Books

Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture
Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo
Emo Boy Volume 1: Nobody Cares About Anything Anyway, So Why Don't We All Just Die?

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Submitted by: ILikeRain on Feb 06 2016, 04:51 AM

Can you "Emos" help me bring back Punk Rock ?

Submitted by: TearySmile on Feb 05 2016, 01:13 AM

At my school I went to the counselling office because I had just gotten beat up in front of a teacher, and the first thing that the counselor asks me is "Are you here because you cut?". She honestly believes more stereotypes than the kids that bully me.

Submitted by: PBJ on Feb 04 2016, 05:24 AM

some dude asked me if i am the cutting type cuz of how i look 0.0
i really dont like it when people hurt themselves because of petty problems i know many people who do it and i dont like them i used to do it but i stopped because i relized it not getting me anywhere i know this one girl who cut herself in front of everyone during class because she tried f@cking a dude and he turned her down people like that are fake as f@ck there are so many posers that make the real emo people look stupid and it makes people think they are attention whores and i think its not fair i think emo is loveing what you love and wearing stuff you love not scaring your wrist its unfair to people who love the style and actully have problems its unfair that fake people make them look bad most of them are basic bitches and they are a dissapointment and if you cant see how fake they are your just like them

Submitted by: Cutmyself on Oct 15 2015, 05:26 AM

I watched this and it gave me so much inspiration that I got a knife and cut down the river and in fact im probally gonner die in like 5min but uk cya m8te. lel I did the verifaction code and im currently bleeding everywhere I doubt I can even presss the ok button but im probally gonnarr die.

Submitted by: Hellcat on Oct 13 2015, 11:52 AM

Emo is me.maybe I don't look like in emo style but it's who I'm.I live it. Everyone has two sides one bad and another good.emo it's who u are.

Submitted by: Destiny on Oct 08 2015, 03:07 PM

On the whole thing on emo never going away in the future.. OF COURSE NOT!! There's to many people out there that abuse mentally and physically, pick on, etc.. To every day people who are just like them.. So on the whole thing of course it won't it NEVER will unless life's stops being a bitch..and that's never ganna happen

Submitted by: Foxtrot on Aug 18 2015, 11:47 PM

I never thought i actually would stay emo for so long. i used to love the colour black even since i was six, i've been through a couple other phases including - dare i say it - the pink stage *shudder* but now it has bounced back on me. I find writing poetry heals me from the inside and black is comforting in a way that i never thought it would be. I've been through some tough crap, ill tell you that, but being emo helps me embrace it.

Slouching in my seat? not a problem. My siblings avoid me now.
Being mad at everything? not a problem. School gives me a reason for it.

being emo has helped me accept me for me rather than deny it or try to correct it and i'm grateful for that.

Submitted by: CAT on Aug 16 2015, 10:29 AM

<b> I never dreamed of being full-out emo. It came to me, I just realized what it was and I was blown away.*BAM* I became emo. I dressed in all blacks, listened to 'screamo' and moped around because it felt right. Normal for me.

Submitted by: Carolina on Aug 04 2015, 08:11 PM

<i>I wish I could be accepted again and have friends...or at least someone to talk to

Submitted by: KittyEmoXXXxxx on Aug 04 2015, 01:30 AM

Is it just me, or do a lot of emo ppl who claim to be "guys" look like girls in disguise?? this isnt the case all of the time, but it kinda bothers me that there are so many "posers"

Submitted by: Anonymous on Jun 24 2015, 11:19 PM

I would just like to say that even though these days if you call yourself a stereotype like "emo" that makes you a "poser" I think you should be whoever you wanna be! Do what makes you happy no matter what people say. Love yourself. :) To those who are bullying you for being "emo" just ignore them. Love yourself so you won't get hurt.

Submitted by: Hellcat on Jun 03 2015, 09:56 AM

Emo is not a style. It is your life and how you explore your self

Submitted by: Audio on Jun 01 2015, 04:33 AM

I looked at this site, because I wanted to know what category I fall under: I figured it out, I DRESS scean, but I AM emo....strange, normally the other way around!

Submitted by: Eclipse on Apr 23 2015, 06:58 PM

Emo isn't really a thing. It's your own way of life, who you are.

Submitted by: Anonymous on Apr 19 2015, 01:55 AM

Is emo still a thing? I thought it died out...

Submitted by: ForgottenRoses on Apr 05 2015, 10:25 PM

Im not here to blame Emo culture, Im here to find answers, thanks couple there for them. I have seen cultures, subcultures near half a decade now and I'm very conserned how things are developing here in Finland what comes to teens harm themselves.

Don't get me wrong thou, I don't judge people, but there are really other methods to handle problems, tight spots, pressure from parents, society etc.
Why Im concerned of this is not that I fear my daughter to do that or anything, but Ive seen how popular it is here, when I say 6/10 teens cut varies little By regions here, Im not exaggerate. It's reality.

I dont know the reason how it is linked to Emo culture at first place, maybe cause the massive popularity and adaptability to these kind of things, but that what Ive seen back in the day, that its not been part of it or behind the ideology.

It's really important that you real Emo people there to speak of it and bring this up, like many does and Im happy about it, it will help many teens there to find the real meaning of what they want to be and Im damn but sure, they do not want those wounds that they hide and shame of. (and for those who still think I put this some stereotypic things or something Im not and thats why world needs you)

Last words. Develop your ideology and culture to state where you can be proud of it and change the future to silence the critique and meanings behind callings that are sadly so popular to blame Emo's today.

Submitted by: hellcat on Apr 03 2015, 04:12 AM

Hi so i realy need help. This is my first time thinking of cuting emo hair style.So i don't realy know how to do it by myself So i'm looking someone in Lithuania who did by himselfs.. so if did please text me

Submitted by: Anonymous on Mar 08 2015, 03:53 PM

♥ Being "Emo" isn't really something you become just because you want to, it's just who you are personality wise, if anything, Emo is a fashion statement and or music genre. many call us "Emo" because they don't know the true meaning of the word. when someone calls me emo and when I hear the word i just think of a person that likes the music or fashion instead of all of the stereotypes that people associate it with. So Alisaa if you like and wear the clothes or music I guess you can say your "Emo" just don't add stereotypes to it like many other people do. They say emos are all emotional and stuff but that's not completely true because yes the music might seem sad and depressing but it's just what relates to many hardships that many people go through and so might the clothes (but they just for making us look badass ;P) just keep in mind there are many happy and really bubbly "Emo's" in the world. ♥

Submitted by: Alisaa on Mar 02 2015, 11:52 AM

How do I become Emo? It sounds good:D

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