it is also my understanding that the movement was started by Minor Threat with some of their song lyrics, and that the "x"s represent the "x"s that minors had to wear on their hands when in clubs to listen to the bands so that bartenders knew they couldn't have alcohol (some hardcore straightedges tattooed "x" on their hands so that they could show the world who/what they are).
God is not a poison, and should not be avoided as such by straight edge people, many people even choose to use God as their reason for being sXe.
random girl: hey
me: hey, that x on your hand...is that supposed to stand for "straight edge"?
random girl: yeahh
me: that's really cool, I like it :)
katielouwhoo: "what are you doing this weekend angy?"
crazydazy: "going to a christian show, i'm so glad that I want to be as pure as possible for God when I meet him..."
katielouwhoo: "yeahh, it's great being sXe...none of that crap for me."
both: "sXe ... it's the only way to be."
*break into laughter at their amazingness*
sorry man, im straightedge.
it is NOT an abreviation of sexy.
straightedgekid: hell no, im sXe.
Minor Threat started straightedge in late 80's because of the self-hatred and the over-use of drugs.
The bartenders were told to put X's on minor's hands so that they could not drink. Straightedge kids picked up this idea and marked X's on their hand so people would know they don't drink.
straightedge is a philosophy against: drugs (caffeine, medicine, anything illegal.) drinking (alcohol, caffeine.) smoking (any form of tobacco.)
Some people include veganism, some include not having a religion saying god is a poison. Some people don't have sex until marriage or until a long-term commited relationship.
Straightedge is a way of life, not just a trend.
It has morals, it has beliefs, it is a philosophy that has grown into a movement.
Don't offer me drugs, drinks, or tobacco.
sxe is the way for me!