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There is something horribly wrong with the way people view "goths". "Goths" are not always doom and gloom. They are not always listening to screaming, miserable music. And, oh, did you know, some "Goths" even wear different colors other than black? Ever heard of Bauhaus or Siouxsie and the Banshees? They're considered "goth" bands.

The culture is so much different from what people make it out to be. Being "goth" is a way of expressing yourself to your liking. Just as some might wear letterman jackets and other clothes. They're normal people with different views. You can't lump them into some little group because a bunch of teenyboppers decided they were going to slit their wrists and write horrible poetry. That's just the same as saying all "preps" worship their boyfriends and say 'like' all of the time. It's stupid and it's full of prejudice. Granted, prejudice is what seems to make the world go around lately.. Doesn't mean you have to give in to that trend of throwing out vile and disgusting words at something you don't understand.
"The Gothic scene and the mundane world have always been at odds. This rift is largely due to a miniscule breakdown in communication resulting simply from the misapplication of certain words."

-Voltaire's 'What is Goth?'
by Articia February 07, 2006
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There is something horribly wrong with the way people view "goths". "Goths" are not always doom and gloom. They are not always listening to screaming, miserable music. And, oh, did you know, some "Goths" even wear different colors other than black? Ever heard of Bauhaus or Siouxsie and the Banshees? They're considered "goth" bands.

The culture is so much different from what people make it out to be. Being "goth" is a way of expressing yourself to your liking. Just as some might wear letterman jackets and other clothes. They're normal people with different views. You can't lump them into some little group because a bunch of teenyboppers decided they were going to slit their wrists and write horrible poetry. That's just the same as saying all "preps" worship their boyfriends and say 'like' all of the time. It's stupid and it's full of prejudice. Granted, prejudice is what seems to make the world go around lately.. Doesn't mean you have to give in to that trend of throwing out vile and disgusting words at something you don't understand.
"The Gothic scene and the mundane world have always been at odds. This rift is largely due to a miniscule breakdown in communication resulting simply from the misapplication of certain words."

-Voltaire's 'What is Goth?'
by Articia August 06, 2006
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Goth is essentially every other music scene (indie, rave, etc.), just a bit spookier and dramatic. The actual goths (ie, not the high school kids) are usually college students or average people with dayjobs. Many work in the tech field as it affords them flexibility with their appearance. They typically have macabre or devious senses of humor (yes, they do laugh - a lot.) and are subject to the same fallacies, issues, and qualities that other humans are. Most are not cutters.

Just like other scenes, the goth scene is extremely misrepresented by the youth who either misappropriate the genre or simply don't quite "get it." They often put a public and very misleading face on the scene and many goths (such as myself) rush to defend the scene, as flawed as it might be, for it is something that happens to bring much joy to many people. The illusion of uniqueness is just that. But then again, deep down, we're all different in some way, but there's still no harm in doing what you can to set yourself apart if you find value in that.

Still, much of the older goth scenesters do not completely dismiss the younger generations. They might deride them, but hope they will expand their horizons. Conversely, you will find older goths who enjoy the more commercial acts, for no other reason than simple personal taste.

One final thing: Most goths don't just listen to music associated with that genre. Most will branch out. Some listen to Punk or Techno, some even listen to Jazz or Motown. The final idea of being a goth is to simply be yourself, even if you're not wearing black.

We still reserve the right to make fun of emo kids because we know we look silly. They haven't figured it out yet.
I don't have an gothic example. I'm not that creative.
by demonfafa September 19, 2006
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Gloomy, dark, dreary. 12th century era gothic architecture included pointed buildings and large stained glass windows. The novel Dracula is an example of gothic literature. The Castlevania series are gothic videogames.

Gothic literature, architecture, and occasionally games are cool. Poser "goths" who try to follow trends by buying crap from hot topic are not. Not to be confused with "emo", which is a step even further down than this..which sometimes is hard to believe.
me: You call yourself "goth"? Okay then, who wrote the original gothic novel Dracula?

poser goth: uhh I dunno. come on man you're holdin me up. i gotta meet my friends at 7 at the mall. we're all going to hot topic

me: *slaps poser goth*
by ghandiman440 August 10, 2006
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I have to admit I've read all the "gothic" entry's and some of them are so out there is is unbelievable! And they are so different from eachother! Who is to say what is "gothic" and what is not? These are some notes I've gained watching "gothic" people and their friends (me).

1. Gothic is a steriotype and it shouldn't be. Some gothic people worship false gods and the devil, but I know some who worship God and are christians. Just like all christians are different so are gothics.
2. Gothic is not a religion. If gothic were a religion they would all be WORSHIPING the same thing! Get a clue!
3. Gothics are nice people. Some people think gothics are weird and mean, but they're not.Yes some are, but aren't some "jocks" mean and "class presidents" Stop steriotyping them to be mean and totally suicidal. They're NOT!
4. Gothics dress in black because that is what they like. Some people dress in all pink, but you don't think those "princesses" are weird. Also black happens to be a very cool color and if you are in love with it good for you.
5. Gothics have a mind and are not simply death orented, bloodthirsty, suicidal, depresed robots! Yes some gothics like death, but so do other people, death is a way to be reborn and freed. Also, some like blood and drink it, but that doesn't make them gothic. I am fasinated with blood, am I gothic?! Also, some are sucidal and depressed, but so are some of our most loved celebertys! Get a grip!

In conclusion gothic is simply what someone wants to all themself. People call themselfs pimp or punk and you don't make a big deal about it. So what if they're gothic? Bite me.
1.Prep- oh my gosh you're wearing black and listening to that horror music! You must brink blood and worship weird stuff! You must be gothic!
Gothic- oh my gosh you're wearing a stupid letterman jacket and listening to Cher! You must me gay!

2. Prep- look that gothic girl goes to the same church as us! But she's gothic why isn't she off worshipping the stuff in her relgion?
Gothic- look you're a prep! why aren't you off worshipping your boyfriend? Stupid, preps! Gothic is not a religion!

3. prep moom- Look at that gothic boy! Where's the scars from when he slit his wrists?
2nd prep mom- I bet he is covering them with his spike braclets. Gothics are such little hoodlems!
Gothic- get a life, I was going to say hello, but I guess it would be better if a took a knife and started bleeding to my death!

4. prep girl in Claires- look that girl just went into hot topic I bet she's trying to act gothic!
prep boy- yeah in that weirdo cult is the only place she'll ever fit in.
Gothic boy- it's not a cult and black way cooler than your gay letter man jacket I bet you're just wearing that so your girlfriend'll think your cool!

5.prep- look at those gothics hanging out! I bet they're going to slit they're wrists and drink eachothers blood!
gothic- no, but cutting you doesn't seem like suck a bad idea... just kidding. You preps are so easy to scare all we have to do is look at you weird and you go crying to your mama!
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Since this is urban dictionary, I'll give the more modern definition:
Of or relating to a subculture which developed in the late 70's as an offshoot of punk, characterized by unconventional hairstyles and clothing. Originates from a musical style which is still alive to a certain extent, gothic rock artists include Bauhaus, She Wants Revenge (more recent), and Sisters of Mercy. The term gothic comes from a 19th century literary style, which is the basis of horror fiction. As a general term, gothic means dark.
Stereotypes surround the gothic subculture, like any other subculture, including an association with Satanism (coming from a false connection between atheism and Satanism), a belief that goths (or gothics, to distinguish them from the Germanic tribe) dress unconventionally to attract attention from mainstream culture, and an association with depression and evil. Dark themes are what characterize gothic music and literature (also film and television), and these fictional themes are often misapplied to people. However, some of the negative stereotypes surrounding gothic culture are a result of (excuse my bias here) assholes who pretend to be vampires, cut Marilyn Manson into their backs with knives before going to a concert, and other attention-seeking shock artists who give the impression that gothic culture is about celebrating all things gruesome and barbaric. (Not that I have anything against a little violence in entertainment)
This is very cliche on urbandictionary, but here are some things that are not gothic"
Marilyn Manson
Self-harm or suicide (although depression is a common trait in youth regardless of subcultural orientation, and the lead singer of the early gothic music group Joy Division committed suicide)
Pretending to be a vampire.....outside of Halloween, that's just ridiculous
Gothic music: see above
Gothic movies: almost anything related to Dracula, Frankenstein, vampires
Gothic clothing: this varies from subspecies (excuse my terminology) to subspecies of goth, including cybergoth, romantic goth (old school), heavy metal goth, "mallgoth" (an insult applied to goths who embrace gothic fashion and culture for reasons perceived to be superficial, however, some of this is just elitism), etc
by Urban Dic Nerd November 04, 2007
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the best way of life, all the girls are hot, the guys have manners, and you can have fun doing anything.
i love gothic girls, and the gothic life
by noah ray August 13, 2004
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