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.
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.
Movement started in 1981 by D.C. Hardcore band, Minor Threat. Drawn from the two songs "Out of Step" and "Straightedge", in which in the former, they emphasize the values of "Don't drink! Don't smoke! Don't fuck!" which means no drugs, alcohol, or promiscuous sex. The movement grew in the hardcore scene as it stood at the time as a stark contrast to the drug and beer-heavy punk 'scenes' of the time. It is still kept on today, although a militaristic and violent branch of straightedge known as 'hardliner' has become more prevalent in some circles, in addition to straightedge's marriage to veganism in others. There are still many out there that believe in real straightedge though, regardless if there're 'x's on their hands or not. It has also been looked down upon by many people as another brand of conformity nowadays.
"I've got the straightedge!"
Someone who doesn't do drugs, or drink. Others should not care whether someone is straight edge in this sense.
"Want to get blazed after school?"
"No, I'm straightedge."
"Ok, thats cool."
A ruler, or something that can be used to draw straight lines.
"Does anyone have a straightedge? I need to do my Geometry homework."
The principle "don't drink, don't smoke, don't fuck" which came to be in the late 80s by Ian MacKaye and the band Minor Threat.
Most straightedge kids nowadays flaunt the fact that they're straightedge by drawing X's on their hands, wearing clothing that says "Drug Free" or "XXX" or "Poison Free", because for some reason they feel the need to let everyone know they're drug free.
Some (but not all) straightedge kids are sXe because they feel the need to fit in to a group, and they can do so by avoiding toxins.
Straightedge is not to be confused with hardline kids, who are a violent version of straightedge and kick the asses of smokers and drug doers, because for some reason they believe people should not make their own choices.
Straightedge kid: I'VE GOT THE STRAIGHTEDGE! I'm a person just like you, but i've got better things to do than sit around and fuck my head; hang around with the living dead! Snort white shit up my nose, pass out at shows! I don't even think about speed that's just something I don't need! I've got the straightedge!
Kid 2: Um...calm down. I don't need your beliefs shoved down my throat, thanks
Straightedge Kid: I'VE GOT THE STRAIGHTEDGE!
Kid 2: I know. I know.
Straightedge Kid: NEVER WANT TO USE A CRUTCH! I'VE GOT THE STRAIGHTEDGE!
Kid 2: Great. I know.
Straightedge Kid: I'VE GOT THE---
Kid 2: SHUT THE FUCK UP. I GET IT.
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
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