Today I was lazying, in excess, on my small veranda, as I like to call it. I was ashamed of myself, for not doing what I should be doing. The sun was shining without restraints. Then I saw a got with a black umbrella, which overtook my own laziness as the primary source of irritation.
Why wouldn't she accept a tan? If the anemic white skin is so important, is it impossible for black, red, yellow or brown people to be goths? I think it's style over sense in the most vulgar manner. I know the UV rays are somewhat dangerous, but would it kill her to just wear some kind of cap, sunblock and proper clothing. What does she want to show?
To be shocking, anti-authoritative and non-conforming is all very well, but I suspect they all drop their set of principles when they get a dress-coded, moderately well-paid job in a few years. Not that this set of principles were worth guarding in the first place. What more is there to the goth ethic than eye-jarring make-up and unpractical clothing?
written by Mattias
Haha, du föredrar med andra ord Andrew Eldritch (från Sisters of Mercy) anno 2006: rakad solbränd skalle och säckig hockeytröja. Ner med illusionen.
posted by Philip
One of my pet peeves (along with misconceptions of comic book nerds, computer geeks and RPG:ers): "What more is there to the goth ethic than eye-jarring make-up and unpractical clothing?" How about a lot? Try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goth_subculture for a crash course. As for the sunblock. Have you ever tried finding real sunblock up here in the north? I for one have not found anything higher than a SPF25 which if you're transparent like me does not cut it. I burn if I even think about going outside!
posted by Linda (not goth)
Not to be arrogant here, but the article you referred to (which I had in fact already read) did little to provide any answers to the question. In my opinion, it rather served to substantiate my scepticism. If we keep to the words of the article, “Goth ideology is based far more on aesthetics than ethics or politics”. This is the notion I've got too, after years of (admittedly sloppy) observation. If it's a misconception, I recommend that you proceed to edit the Wikipedia entry!
posted by Mattias
I don't edit the article because I'm not goth. I don't subscribe to any subculture and won't pretend to know everything there is to know about it. Since eye liners and clothing aren't "ethics" I assumed you meant to say "what more is there to goth (subculture) than [the things mentioned]" and I just wanted to say that there is more. Goths are portrayed very badly and one dimensionally in the media, which is what annoys me.
posted by Linda