Straight Edge is basically a way of life that includes no drinking, no drugs, and so casual sex. Abbreviated SxE. It is not a religion or a gang. It is a choice that someone makes. However, not everyone who doesnt drink/do drugs/have casual sex is straight edge, and not all that say they are straight edge, are straight edge. People who are SxE might put black x's on their hands. yes, you can be friends with people who do these things. There are a few types of straight edge kids.

The true SxE kid - does not drink, does not have casual sex, and does not do drugs. Also, does not go around telling everyone he meets right away that he is SxE, when the time comes to bring it up, he does tell. Does not think himself better than others becasue he does not drink or do drungs or not have sex. Does not beat people up for smoking or drinking.

Asshole SxE kid - Abides by the 3 rules of SxE, but goes around thinking he is better than everyone, puts people down for it, and basically bugs the fuck out of people.

Scene/Fashioncore SxE Kid - Wears x's on his hands all the time, and wears a bandana around his mouth and nose all the time, usually has died black hair. Most of these kids are not actually SxE, hell, most of them dont even know the true meaning or SxE but say they are to get friends/be cool/fit in. They are the SxE trend kids, and give True SxE'rs a bad name. Becasue of these kids, most kids just think being SxE is wearing black x's and bandanas around your face.

Hardliner - Super SxE kids that usually are vegan, wont take drugs even for severe pain, drink caffeine, or do anything like that. There most defining trait ,however, is the fact that they beat the living shit out of people for smoking, drinking or doing drugs. They might see someone doing one of these things, not bothing them at all, get a bunch of their friends, and beat the shit out of one person with somewhere between 2-? people. These people sometimes kill the people they attack. They are the biggest threat to true SxE people. A lot of cops and other uninformed people, becasue of hardliners, believe SxE people to be a gang, and believe ever SxE kid will beat the shit out of someone smoking or drinking or something like that. They are hated by most SxE kids.
True Straight edge kid (when asked about drinking/drugs/sex) - "yeah, i dont do drugs, drink, or have casual sex. You do? ok, your choice man."

Asshole stright edge kid - Yeah im SxE and im fuckin better than you becasue of it, i dont poison myself and you do, your fuckin stupid as hell, i hate you all, go fucking burn yourself"

Scene/Fashioncore kid - (Wearing black x's on his hands and a black bandana over his face and his long died black hair) Yeah, Grr im SxE, im cool, wanna be my friend, im SxE, cmon im SxE you gotta like me, im cool." might also say that while drinking or smoking.

Hardliner (sees someone drinking or smoking, not bothering anyone, no one is in their range of 2nd hand smoke)
*goes and gets somewhere from usually 1 to 10 more hardliners then beats the hell out of the person drinking or smoking, some with brass knuckles or baseball bats* The beat up kid usually has to go to the hospital, and sometimes even dies
by xjustinxedgex June 24, 2006
a disease rapidly spreading over the teenage population of the US. symptoms include:
a lack of life (i.e. being too much of a pussy to take a shot god forbid u get intoxicated)
a clear mind (wats the fun in that?)
and a lack of poon tang, unless theyre in a "loving relationship"(which doesnt actually exist)
an infatuation with the letter x
and the word core
which results from the lack of life
and also an obsession and coagulation of a million different faggy ass trends that these little kids with no drugs create
straight edge core edge emu kid: hiya! look at me!! im not doing drugs!!!!!
normal person: yeah?
xxcorexxemoxxstraightedge: yeah!!!! im a clean individual with hopes and dreams!
normal person: u should add cutting urself to ur list of hopes and dreams
emooedgeman: yeah ur right! thats totally IN right now!!! totally!
by b0b0 mcfay January 05, 2007
So drugs. No drinking. No permiscuous sex.
That's the basic straightedge. The other shit is hardline.
Dood I'm so straight edge, I don't drink or smoke.
by erika love. June 26, 2006
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
sXe - the philosophy of being straight edge. No drugs, drink or casual sex. Often associated with the hXc genre. Straight edge individuals are often seen rockin tight jeans and nike dunks.
Your dunks are sick! Let me get you a drink mate...nah I'm alright thanks, I have a bottle of water with me because I'm so straight edge
by carrotrob April 27, 2007
A term and lifestyle originally used by a group of reasonably sensible people who saw what drugs/alcohol/casual sex can do to ruin peoples lives and decided to abstain from these activities.

Since then, it has become incredibly popular with young people who are too ignorant/scared to try new things and wanted an excuse not to.
Minor Threat: "We do not want to destroy our bodies/morals, we will be sXe"
Kid: "I'm too scared to try these new things, if I become sXe, I will not look like such a pussy and may even look like a very sensible person"
by Clavus Torquis August 05, 2004
A lifestyle choice often used to show how hardcore you are, and therefore better than all the rest of us poor sinners.
"I'm straightedge. Its WHO I AM."
"Go tell it to someone who cares..."
by curvy dodecahedron June 05, 2004
Term that was coined by Minor Threat, a punk band. The "rules" are basically whatever you want, though the basics are usually no drugs, drinking, or slutty sex. Other stuff includes no caffeine, veganism, and no artificual shit.
Stoner: Dude, wanna go smoke with me tomorrow?
sXe: Nah, I'm straight-edge.
by Your Sins Into Me August 12, 2003

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