PLEASE DO NOT REJECT THIS JUST BECAUSE IT IS LONG.
IT CAME FROM ME HEART. <3
This is very important. I know this is a slang dictionary and unserious entries and definitions are intended, but I can't laugh at silly people making cruel fun of things that should not be anymore like I used to, and as this site gets so many visitors, I think it's a good place to make my point.
Thankyou to all who read, Wikipedia, and the few others who write similar definitions and deserve more to agree with them. Aaand thanks a great bunch to the media and all you horrid, disrespectful people out there who make up lies about such people and accept the crap they hear about them.
Here we go.
Very misunderstood and abused in recent times, the general concept of "emo" is very different to what one following the crowd may first think. A great deal of this misunderstanding is caused by the media, and perhaps certain attributes to the majority of people who consider themselves "emo" causing others to believe that this applies to the entire community.
Tracing the roots of Emo back to the 1980's makes the original Emo over 20 years old, and so in its whole it is not necessarily a 21st-century wave. Some may consider Emo to actually have multiple meanings.
I. The Music
Emo began as a genre of music. Contrary to popular belief this is not all depressing with heartbroken tones and whiny mopey lyrics. It emerged from the hardcore punk scene of the early 1980s Washington D.C.
Guy Picciotto formed the band Rites of Spring in 1984, and their music included elements such as melodic guitars, varied rhythms, and deeply personal, impassioned lyrics, as would become familiar in the later generations of Emo music. Indeed, they were often concerning matters such as nostalgia, romantic bitterness and desperation, and were often very poetic. Therefore their performances often became public emotional purges where audience members would sometimes weep.
This is the first and one of the main reasons Emo became to be thought of as a constantly depressed and pointlessly miserable scene.
One of the main reasons people write and perform music is to express their inner thoughts and feelings in a way that they enjoy and can be creative with, as keeping them bottled up inside is not always a good way to go. You get sad songs, you get happy songs. Not all dubbed-Emo music includes these wistful tones, some good few being quite upbeat and lively, more like to power pop, and including morals rather than, or perhaps as well as, thoughts from the artist's mind. There is nothing wrong with expressing sadness, desire, or any emotion or thought for that matter in your music.
The music belongs to the artist, so leave them to it. If you don't like it, fair enough. Don't make such a fuss.
II. The Fashion
Later on Emo developed into a stereotype, with a certain way of dressing accompanying the music. Generally this includes very tight jeans/drainpipes/skinny-fit jeans on males and females alike, with graphic tees, brightly-decorated black-background hooded jumpers/jackets, often studded belts, perhaps fingerless gloves, and at one point it was associated with black horn-rimmed glasses. Before this, it had a 'clean-cut' look.
Of course, this is considered by most to be a fad. Not everyone dresses like this, and if they don't, that is upt o them, and there is nothing about it worth criticising.
III. The Lies
Emo is believed to be the abbreviation of 'emotional', another reason many believe the scene is associated with Many of you will have heard of the unfortunate suicide of Hannah Bond. Personally, I think she had the idea of Emo all wrong herself.
Due to this and various other things, popular media has associated emo, wrongly, with depression, self-harm, and even suicide. This is deeply upsetting.
One who thinks of such things, is depressed, or self-harms shoudld NEVER be called 'emo'. Firstly, not everyone likes being called this. Secondly, it is an incorrect term; emo does NOT mean suicidal or self-abusing at all, as you can see. Thirdly, these people are unhappy. It may not be their fault. Life is hard. Some people DO get depressed and do or think of such things. It is very sad, very serious, and is really NOTHING to make fun of. Those who do are stupid, inconsiderate spewers of ridicule.
IV. The Warring
A more ridiculous area.
People in the scene as a stereotype in England often consider it to be 'warring' with the stereotype of chav
, and some others might, either as well, or instead, think Emo to be 'allied' with the stereotypes of grebo
and even goth
, but some of these are not necessarily set in stone at all. Goth for example has more ancient roots, has various branches and connotations, and is usually seen as a more elegant, dark, aristocratic and perhaps even older thing. Emo is usually a thing amongst teenagers, but of course not limited to this age group.
The groups might be seen as 'warring' due to the inconsideration and common stupidity or thoughtlessness of chavs. They commonly, atleast in the younger ages and around my area, misunderstand the meaning of "emo" and give no thought to those who are depressed or self-harming, using such a thing as an exuse for making stupid fun. Some say emos are dying out; This is not a literal saying, only meaning that less people seem to be following the fashion and style.
Of course, the whole metaphorical, childish 'war' is a load of senseless poppycock.
Don't get caught up in this, kaay.
It's just that chavs, from another's point of view, are common, rude, rough, and give no thought to those who are not like them. Perhaps I will write a definition on them, too, but try not to be bias...
V. The Important Things
There are some very important things to remember;
~ Not everyone who listens to "emo" music dresses according to this wave of fashion.
~ Not everyone who dresses in such a way listens to or likes "emo" music.
~ Some "emo"s DO self-harm, are depressed, or think of suicide. But not all of them. If they are like this, it is usually by other reason and not because they are associated with this stereotype. If they are doing it to 'fit in with the stereotype' or something, then they themselves are very stupid. I think. Sorry.
~ Not everyone likes being stereotyped or being called "emo".
~ "Emo" is not actually an insult. So don't use it.
~ "Emo" and 'associated stereotypes' are widely considered to be 'alternative' styles.
~ Remember the important stuff.
~ Don't hate or make fun of someone for who they are! Unless it's a horrid, thoughtless beasssst.
"You look so emo in those jeans and that jacket!"
"There's this emo band I'm into, they're really sweet."
"There are a few emos in our school but most of the young ones are chav wannabees."
"Stop whining, you sound like such an emo!"
"Haha, that emo kid probably slits his wrists all the time."
"I wish emos would die; or go kill themselves already."