If you become Straight Edge you have agreed to a certain way of life. You don't do drugs, alcohol, smoke or have casual sex. You can also be vegan/vegetarian and not drink caffiene. Basically you are protecting your body.

There are people who are straight edge, know what it means and sticks with it. They are known as the true straight edge.

Others do it just to fit in and be cool. They tell everyone their straight edge and don't stick to the rules. Idiots.

Lots of straight edge people also draw X's on their hands.
Straight Edge is a life choice, that you won't be forced to make but probably should as it's better for you.
by JustALilFreak May 12, 2012
Beliefs ushered in through the lyrics and then-beliefs of Ian Mackaye (Teen Idles, Minor Threat era). Although he exclaims fervently that he did not mean to start a movement, and defended himself in the second version of "Out of Step", it did spark a movement.

Basic Beliefs:
No drinking
No smoking
No promiscuous sex

Newer Innovations:
Atheism - idea of "think don't pray"
Veganism / Vegetarianism
Exemption from Painkillers, Caffine etc.
Hardline Ethic

Symbols:
xXx - supposedly for each of the main beliefs
sXe - straight edge abbreviation
X on the hands - typically seen at shows
x *lame screename* x - seen in every aim window

Types of Edge Kids:
1) The one who knows straight edge is a personal lifestyle and keeps his beliefs to himself

2) Pseudo edge kid, who puts x's on his hands at every show, goes vegan, and sells out the following month

3) Hardline kid - tries to force edge on others, just a meathead who has no idea of the positive nature straight edge is supposed to be

Edge Bands:
Gorilla Biscuits
Chain of Strength
Judge
Strife
Earth Crisis
xLimpwristx
Champion
Have Heart
Allegiance
Carry On
"I was reliving all those times we shared, and it's hard,
because you used to be so strong but time has changed you.
You turned away.
I keep trying to escape from the past.
But those days used to mean so much.
We stood side by side and nothing else mattered.
We were straight edge and at least I still am."

Excerpt from "The Decline" by Champion
by the core has grown soft December 12, 2005
Ideals invented by Ian MacKaye. Primarily focuses on maintain a pure body and conscience by abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Promotes monogomous relationships (not mariage) and a vegetarian diet (although this is not essential). Ian MacKaye went so far as to shave his head but no one does this as a sign of their devotion anymore. Early straight-edgers could be identified by 'X's tattoed into their hands.
Straight-edge used to mean something. Now you see kids who shop at Hot Topic using Sharpies to draw 'X's on their hands.
by Roy K July 13, 2005
Ideals invented by Ian MacKaye. Primarily focuses on maintain a pure body and conscience by abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Promotes monogomous relationships (not mariage) and a vegetarian diet (although this is not essential). Ian MacKaye went so far as to shave his head but no one does this as a sign of their devotion anymore. Early straight-edgers could be identified by 'X's tattoed into their hands.
Straight-edge used to mean something. Now you see kids who shop at Hot Topic using Sharpies to draw 'X's on their hands.
by Roy K July 13, 2005
Means living a poison-free lifestyle.
X- No drugs
X- No alcohol
X- No casual sex
Straigh edge people have a respect for there bodies and others should respect them for that.
Straight Edge is for life, not for a year, not for a week, If you take away an X you break edge.
To this I am forever true. I am straight edge.- Earth Crisis


STRAIGHT EDGE - I won't compromise.
STRAIGHT EDGE - We won't compromise.
STRAIGHT EDGE - Together.
STRAIGHT EDGE - Forever.
STRAIGHT EDGE - United.
STRAIGHT EDGE - Represent.
-Throwdown

I'm still here, I'm still proud and I
still know what it takes to be true. for myself. for my friends. for my family.
straight fucking edge. forever.
-Throwdown
by igottwopickles March 19, 2005
If you're straight edge, it means you don't drink, don't smoke, and don't do any non-prescribed drugs.

Why are we straight edge? It's simple. We don't need drugs to get through life or have fun. In fact, it's truly baffling that so many people actually need drugs to enjoy life. Life is what you make it - and if you need to be constantly intoxicated to get through it, that's pretty pathetic when you think about it. In this generation it's now considered cool to get drunk and high all the time, but in reality drugs appeal to the lowest common denominator.

Furthermore, being straight edge means obeying the law. Many drugs are illegal. Why the hell would I want to become a criminal just for some stupid highs? It's not worth it in the slightest. There are so many legal ways to have fun. There's music, movies, TV shows, video games, literature, art, culture and so much more to indulge in. The world has plenty to offer you. Doing drugs can result in addiction/dependence and criminal convictions if you are doing illegal substances. Who wants that?

If you're straight edge, be proud - it might not sound like much to be alcohol-free and drug-free, but many people ultimately fall victim to peer pressure and give in to temptation. Being straight-edge doesn't make you a religiously boring loser. It's cool, healthy, wise and moral. Keep your mind clear and enjoy life. There's a bright and colourful world out there.
Drug-user: Hey man, want to drink/smoke/do drugs?
Straight edge person: Nope, I'm straight-edge and proud of it.
by TT454 April 05, 2015
people, mostly young adults or teenagers who do not engage in drinking,smoking,or casual sex and believe that this makes them better then anyone who isn't straight edge. They go around bragging about this. Really they're just full of shit.
that girl is so not straight edge.
by labeled February 24, 2010

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