The key components of straight edge are:
1. No alcohol
2. No drugs
3. No promiscuous sex
If you follow these 'rules' then you will be in control of your body and mind.
Some people who're straightedge also beleive they must be vegetarian but more often than not vegan because either they are against animal cruelty or they do not want to poison their bodies with dead flesh.
Straight ege grew in popularity throughout the 1980s. There are two main off shoots of straight edge. Firstly hardline, where the values of straight edge are taken to the extreme. People who're hardline will be vegan and may be animal rights activists as well as anti-abortionists. The second main group to split off from straight edge is 'Krishnacore', where people who're straight edge extend their personal philosophy by becoming followers of Hare krishna.
The main symbol of straight edge is the 'x'. this symbol was adopted becasue at all dayer hardcore shows those to young to drink would be marked with an 'x' on their hand. Those who chose not to drink adopted this symbol
The word straight edge can be shortened to sXe, or represented by xxx.
People who're straight edge often where x's on their hands especially at gigs.
Some straightedgers choose not to show their edge, believing that to be straight edge is a personal choice and does not need to dsiplayed.
People who're straightedge often sign their name with an x in it, usily at both ends and/or in the middle. for example xnamex or xmyxnamex.
Bands who contain straightedge members often put x's in their name to show this fact. e.g thexbreakxin
Most straightedge bands play hardcore e.g. Throwdown but there is a much smaller straightedge movement within hip hop, for example the rapper xsagexfrancisx
Recently the straightedge lifestyle has seen a resergence in popularity, mostly due to the rise of straightedge bands who then inlfuence their fans E.g. Eighteen Visions, and the rise of hardcore music in general.
In some places in the world, straightedgers (people whore straightedge) are regarded as a gang, and a threat to society. For example in Utah t-shirts that say 'vegan' or 'straightedge' are banned from schools because straightedge is officially seen as a gang by the police and gang 'colours' are not allowed to be worn within schools.
However i firmly believe that o be straightedge is to be positive and in control.
Here are some lyrics from the song 'Forever' by the straightedge band Throwdown:
'..for my self, for my friends, for my family...i'll take this to the bitter end. You wanna know why i'm still here? STRAIGTH F**KING EDGE...i'll be true, forever...'
A cool sxe sticker found at your local hot topic. =D
straight edge kids wear x's as shown here
this is what straight edge kids do, play card games and drink red bull.
a sxe show (bane)
3)no promiscuous sex
4) Yes, we do have fun
Times as they are, there are now three kinds of sXe'rs.
1. Those who understand what it means. People who value clarity and wish to avoid altered states of perception, poisoning the body, or unsettling the mind. No drugs, some even avoid medicinal drugs as these can alter state of mind. No drinking to excess, as this can alter the mind and poison the body. No promiscuous sex, you got me on this one. These people are, 99% of the time, decent people who see their choices for what they are, choices, nothing more, nothing less.
2. Insecure gits. People who wish to place themselves on a self appointedly superior moral platform, then proceed to brag about how much better they are than everyone else. No drugs. No drink. No Promiscuous sex. No meat. No/very few friends, as few other than those who share their views can stand to be around them for more than ten minutes without driving a lit candle, wick first, into their eye, and injecting them with lighter fluid through the ear.
3. Hardliners. All the stupidity of number two, with knuckledusters. No drugs. No drink. No promiscuous sex. No meat 9 times out of ten. All the clarity with none of the intelligence.
2. Stop poisoning my air you arrogant ignorant smokers!