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.
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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
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
A gang of kids, usually posers and emo's, who think they're hardcore rebels for following the law. They also like to wear X's on their hands to show their douchey allegiance.
Guy 1: Hey Tim, wanna drink?
Guy 2: No, I'm straight edge, I follow the law and that makes me hardcore. But I do miss drinking and having promiscuous butt sex with random men.
by Bryan Mays June 26, 2009
Huh, it's funny what pressing the "Random" button leads you to. All of this sounds like Islamic beliefs: no drugs, no drinking, no casual, promiscuous sex.
XXX, sxe, straightedge, X, straight edge
by Knowledge Seeker December 27, 2006
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

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