The definition of straight
edge is a set of guidelines established in the 1980's in Washington
D.C., by a band called
Minor Threat, a punk
created the "straight
edge" movement. Ian Mackaye was one of the founding fathers in this movement. Minor Threat's song "Straight
opened the eyes of young people. Straight
Edge is a set of guidelines, not rules, that focuses
on refraining from casual sex, drug use and drinking. This was very
popular in the 1980's, and soon began to spread around the United States
and is still being practiced to this day. You can usually tell that
a person is "straight
edge" by a large visible
X on either attire or body. Many people will claim to be straight
edge, but don't be fooled. Many people that
are truly "straight
edge" don't go around bragging about
Friend: Hey dude, want to be an average teenager with us and come smoke, drink, and/or
have sex with random people at this rad party I heard about?
You: No thanks, I'm straight edge. Don't you see the ridiculously large X on my hand that I drew on myself in english class today?
Friend: Oh yeah. Whatever.