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What is Emo - Introduction to the Emo Scene Community - page 5

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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Bless The Fall Panic At The Disco
Bless The Fall & Panic At The Disco

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 Videos


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Emo Quizzes


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: jularlmin on Jan 09 2011, 03:05 AM

pretty sure thats escape the fate in the picture, not blessthefall. thanks.

Submitted by: josh rooney on Dec 19 2010, 06:20 PM

what i think bout the emo* culture i think its aloda bullshit, i have been trough 12 ys of hell, yh im emo but* it makes me sick the way these people pose infront of cameras and abuse the emo culture ,emo is a state of mind emotional* in the heart not a fashion scene ,

Submitted by: mike on Dec 03 2010, 07:08 AM

dude this site is awsome finally people like me

Submitted by: Rose on Sep 01 2010, 11:01 AM

...The answers to these quizzes are insulting >:|

Submitted by: alexpunk on Aug 28 2010, 01:40 AM

yup! iTz coolllllllllllll sITE YAA!

Submitted by: soEmo.co.uk on Jul 02 2010, 01:20 PM

Thanks Mike. The site is constantly developing and we now have over 5300 members :]

Submitted by: Mike D on Jul 01 2010, 05:10 PM

Hey! Like ya new site mate!

See ya next week.


Submitted by: Aimee on Jun 23 2010, 10:01 AM

to be the most derespect to us was the emo song was not funnny at all but i am not really bothered bystuff those low-lifes say or do

Submitted by: soEmo.co.uk on May 24 2010, 06:13 AM

You should take a look at what people are saying in the emo forums as there are many views on what scene is.

Submitted by: _Rawr_Honey-Licious_ on May 24 2010, 02:46 AM

Ok! so this is he definition for EMO! but what is scene? im doing a school project to show that just because your Scene/Emo doesn't mean you Depressed and well yeah

Submitted by: soEmo.co.uk on May 09 2010, 03:32 PM

No...see my comment a few below.

Submitted by: :(JaMeE): on May 08 2010, 05:18 PM

heyy i am so wondering do i have to dye my hair(i am not a loud) to be emo and do i have to have piercings(i am also not aloud)? someone plz help me!:(

Love & Rockets,

Submitted by: soEmo.co.uk on May 02 2010, 11:27 AM

No that is not true. However the majority of those into the emo scene of today are in that age range.

Submitted by: leftsidehair on May 01 2010, 12:44 PM

ive read an emo article that says EMO is for theage 14 to 22 only..is that TRUE?

Submitted by: soEmo.co.uk on Apr 23 2010, 04:52 AM

To the person below: No in my opinion. The most important thing is of course the music.

Submitted by: haley on Apr 20 2010, 09:53 AM

do u thechnically need to look emo to be emo?

Submitted by: lalaaaas on Jan 28 2010, 05:31 PM

me cagan los putos emos

Submitted by: MirandaMania on Dec 14 2009, 02:21 PM

Being "emo" isn't something to be ashamed of. I'm glad there are sites like this where us "emos" can help eachother cope with the crap in life. :/ I mean, I've never cut myself, but I have been depressed before. Emos know what true emotion is, and are very artistic. Besides the self harm, being emo can be really cool. Most emos are caring people, who know what it feels like to be kicked when we are down. I never never neverrrr support self harm, but sometimes, it happens. :/ I have friends that cut, or have before, and I'm always there to help them. :) Emos unite!! Basically what I'm saying is, not all emos cut, and the ones that do should NOT be made fun of, but rather helped out by good friends willing to be there for each other. Emos are deep cool people who are unique, fresh, and more diverse than the "norm". And it's awesome. :)(and PWN all preps lol)

Submitted by: j on Nov 01 2009, 05:13 AM

seriously i need to f@cking die. im just a f@cking worthless bitch.

Submitted by: Alex on Oct 29 2009, 10:27 PM

Hey, put my funny pic on this site please :D


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