The words 'straight edge' come from the title of a song penned by Ian Mackaye of the hardcore band Minor Threat. This song as well as others by Minor Threat including 'Out of Step' warned of the pitfuls of consuming alcohol, drugs and partaking in promisciuos sex. The phrase 'straight edge' was applied to people who followed this philosophy.

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...'

By not drinking, doing drugs or partaking in promiscous sex these bands fit follow the philosophy of straight edge: Minor Threat, Earth Crisis, Bleeding Through, The Break In, The Legacy, Bane, Comeback Kid, Throwdown.
by xmaryx November 02, 2005
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Originated from the punkrock/hardcore scene. The philosophy/life-choice that humans should have strength, pride, dignity, honor, and self respect; that they shouldn't engage in activities that are a disgrace to their minds and bodies. (such as ingesting and/or becoming addicted to harmful substances for fun, lying and/or being two-faced, and sharing your body sexually with another person when there isn't even a true emotional bond there)
I'm straight edge you fuck, so no I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs.
by Cryonaut March 28, 2003
A board, or piece of wood or metal, having one edge perfectly straight, used to ascertain whether a line is straight or a surface even, and for drawing straight lines.
"Are you straight edge?"
"Did you just call me a fucking ruler?"
by Brian Y. October 15, 2005
Straight edge is basically living a clean life without drugs, drinking and casual sex. It's living a poison free and keeping yourself safe. It is a choice and it does not make you better or worse than anyone. We all make choices and some choose to be straight edge and some don't. Yes, it's true that some people will stop being sXe when they turn 21 but that is just another choice. Straight Edge is a way of life but has now been formed into a trend. Out there, there are true edgers.
1)no drugs
2)no alcohol
3)no promiscuous sex
4) Yes, we do have fun
by T December 23, 2003
a lifetime commitment never to drink, smoke, or do drugs. some people include abstainence from promiscuous sex. others abstain from caffeine. started in the hardcore/punk scene of the early 1980's in Washington DC.
Earth Crisis are gods of the straightedge movement.
by Lynn February 28, 2005
If you're really straight edge, you don't need to go telling everyone about it, it's something you do for YOURSELF. 99% of the morons with X's on their hands are posers/scenesters obsessed with fashioncore.
Example: A lot of the girls on the "girls gone wild" commercials have big black X's on their hand but they're taking off their clothes for cash. How is that respecting their bodies?
by frank zappa March 18, 2005
The term originates from a song by "Minor Threat" putting forth the value of a clear mind and a healthy body.

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.
1. I chose not to do drugs, you chose otherwise. *shrugs*

2. Stop poisoning my air you arrogant ignorant smokers!

3. *thwap*
by Stromboli March 08, 2005
X No drugs, X no alocohol, and X no casual seX
Im not straight edge to be different. Im straight edge because I know its right. Why do I want to get fucked up and forget all the shit that I did that night? No thanks, I want to enjoy my life by remembering it. Think for yourself.
by Lewis August 12, 2004

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