A lifestyle free of drugs, alcohol and casual sex. It has nothing to do with abstaining from *all* drugs (such as prescribed medicines or even caffeine - in fact the original straight edge dudes from Wash DC used to get hyped up on Coca-Cola as a sort of joke - "whee we can get crazy just on regular soda!" sorta thing). It also has nothing to do with vegetarianism - although many people that are into straight edge are big time vegetarians (including myself). Any variation or expansion of/on the "big 3" (drugs, alcohol, casual sex) is not straight edge in the classic sense.
WrongKid#1 "I don't take aspirin because I'm straight edge".
WrongKid #2 "If you eat meat you can't claim the edge".
KidThatKnowsWhatsUp - "Straight edge is about abstaining from drugs, alcohol and casual sex, period. No more, no less. This desire to keep my mind and body sharp has also opened my eyes up to the virtues of vegetarianism/veganism, but since I'm not a dumbass and know a little bit of punk rock history I'm aware these additional things simply compliment straight edge, but are NOT straight edge per se".
I made the decision years ago not to drink/smoke/do drugs... and I don't want to sound like an idiot but even if the opportunity was there to sleep around I wouldn't anyway. I decided all this before I'd even heard of straight-edge, infact I only found out about it last night when I was hanging out with my drinking, smoking friends.
And I'm pleased that the term straight edge is about because it means I have something easier to say if anybody offers me any of the above.
I also appreciate that for some people it's part of the whole non-conformity thing, like following the emo trend... Where they are conforming to non-conformity, if you get what I mean.
But it's unfair to assume that 'straight-edgers' go around in gangs beating the crap out of people because they're smoking. All my friends drink, and all my friends smoke, and most of my friends'll happily sleep around... I just sit there with my bottle of water and enjoy myself like they do.
So you folks on here that call us fags/losers can sod off because that's simply not true in all cases.
THIS DID NOT HAPPEN, BUT HYPERTHETICALLY/BORINGLY:
Friend of mine before he knew me: D'you drink?
Friend of mine before he knew me: D'you smoke?
Friend of mine before he knew me: D'you do drugs?
Friend of mine before he knew me: So you're straight edge then?
Me: Urm, I guess so.
Friend of mine before he knew me: Cool, I respect that.
Me: That's good then, I also respect your decisions.
The term was coined by the late D.C. punk
band Minor Threat, who promoted, through their lyrics, a lifestyle free of drugs, alcohol and casual sex. Ian Mackaye, the band's lead, claimed not to have started a movement, however, in today's underground(or not-so-underground) societies of punk
, it has become a full-on label. One who claims "the edge" does not participate in "poisoning" their bodies. No drugs, no alcohol, no casual sex(and others will include veganism
, abstaining from medications, even so far as caffeine, etc). X's are used to represent "the edge".
sXe, edge, straight-edge, xxx
People of all ages, not just kids or adults, who have chosen to not poison they're bodies for fun, or for anyreason, it's basic rules are No drugs, no Alcohol, and no Sex with out feelings for the other person, it is not a fad, or a way to fit in, it is a life style, usually one picked from having a traumatizing experience with drugs, like Abusive parents. Not all straight edgers use violence to show their beliefs, thos who do are refered to as Hardliners, and are Looked down upon even by most Straight Edger, for giving them a bad name.
I dont poison my body, i am straight edge, im not an abusive jerk and am not trying to preach anything, i definatly dont think im better than anyone.
The kind of people who choose not to do drugs or drink, but are too trendy to realize you don't need a label
to describe everything you do.
I'm straight edge because I want to remember my life, because all drugs give you amnesia.
nobody likes straight edge kids. being straight edge includes:
3)no promiscuous sex
yes, you are gay
We're going to sit inside and play twister because we're straight edge.
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 a...