Straightedge is a lifestyle some people follow, in which they abstain from drink, drugs (including alcohol) and casual sex. It is sometimes abbreviated to sXe.

Being straightedge is not a trend or fad however some people follow it, or pretend to, to seem cool. (see: scene kid, emo). Being straightedge doesn't mean a person can't have fun or is too scared to do drugs, it just means they don't have to do that to have a good time.

Some people who are straightedge have already experienced the drink-and-drugs way of life and have decided it wasn't for them, or there was no need for it, one famous example being Ian Watkins of Lostprophets.

As it is a lifestyle and not a set of rules, many people have their own form of it e.g. some straightedgers are vegan/vegatarian, don't drink coffee or refuse medicinal drugs; these are not principles every straightedge person follows though.

Straightedge has nothing to do with religion. Although the idea of refraining from casual sex, drugs and alcohol is one seen in many religions, you don't have to be religious to be sXe.

Many people are straightedge without realising it - they don't do it to be righteous or follow a trend, they just are. Some people wear shirts with slogans like "poison free" but these are the type who are often very smug about their lifestyle and want to show off or force it onto others. People like these, and the emo/scene posers, are the ones who give being straightedge a bad name.
Scenario of a person who is genuinely straight edge:

Guy: Hey, you want a beer?
sXe Girl: No, thanks, I'm straightedge
Guy: Oh sure, no probs

Poser sXe person scenario:

Guy: You want a beer?
Poser-emo-scene girl: Oh fuck yeah! Ignore the cross on my hand, that was just for show for my millions of myspace photos. Wanna go have illicit sex later?

Extreme sXe person, known as being hardline:

Guy: You want a beer?
Hardline girl: Oh my fucking god, what the fuck? Why the hell are you drinking?
Guy: Woah, chill out
Girl: No I won't! (spends next 3 hours forcing her beliefs onto him (including veganism and refusing medicinal drugs, may get violent if he refuses to listen)

Final type of sXe person- the smug one.

Smug sXe girl: I'm straightedge! I don't drink, take drugs or have casual sex.. no I know you didn't offer, but I obviously felt the need to tell you because I'm so smug about it.

The majority of people are the first example (and they might not even say they are straightedge) so don't lump all people who are sXe together. The real straightedge people will be the ones who are still sticking it out and staying clean in 20 years time, and who disagree with hardline people.
by Straightedge Girl August 30, 2008
you dont have to be hardcore emo to be straightedge. you just dont drink/dont smoke/dont fuck
fuck you i dont want a smoke. im straightedge
by andie March 01, 2005
A person who promises never to do drugs, drink, smoke, or have promiscuous sex. They may also abstain from other "taboo" things. However, the name of straightedge is being tarnished by people who act "high and mighty" and think they are better than other people just because they say it.
Ruins the name:
'Hey, I'm a straightedge, I'll NEVER do drugs or drink or smoke like any of you.'
'whoop dee fucking doo, we totally give a shit, and we totally think you're way better than us </sarcasm>'

A good straightedge:
'Hey, wanna go out for a drink and stuff tonight?'
*at the bar*
'I'll have a nice, cold beer'
'I'll just have a coke'
'oh, I forgot to mention, I'm what you would call 'straightedge'
'OH, I totally respect that, at least you aren't shoving your beliefs up my ass!</sans-sarcasm>'
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 xjustinxthomasxbx May 30, 2006
of a group of people who commit to a lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol, because those things are stupid
abbreviated as "sXe" or "xxx"
theres like four straightedge kids in our school, the other thousand or so get crunk at least twice a week
by mountain harold May 29, 2006
a state of mind that implies this philosophy:no drugs no drinking no sex unless you are meat is optional.
jonny is straight edge and he wont do any mind altering drugs
by cameron April 12, 2005
Straight Edge is NOT something to do just because everyone else is doing it... Straight Edge is a lifestyle. You live the sraight edge way:
XNo smoking
XNo Drugs
XNo alochol
XNo casual sex
you do not have to be a certian "label" to be straight edge!
No drinking, no casual sex, no smoking, no drugs... just have fun being Straight Edge!
by xXxPrincess September 01, 2005

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