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.
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.
This does not mean no sex at all, it just means only sex when in a serious relationship - not random hook-ups.
Being straight edge has nothing to do with religion. Although someone who is religious can be straight edge - the two are not correlated.
One cannot call themselves straight edge unless they plan to obstain from these acts for life. If someone breaks one of these, he or she was never straight edge.
Those who are straight edge feel they do not need to smoke, drink, do drugs, or participate in casual sex to have a good time and enjoy life. People who are straight edge still go to parties, go see bands at shows, and most of what non-straight edge individuals do - they just don't poison their bodies in the process.