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State of Mind.
I honestly get so sick to death of the Emo Brats, Drama Queens, Mansonites, Baby Bats, Trend Whores, Fashion Kiddies, and Rebels Without a Clue sitting there dressed in all black “In Vogue” crap from Hot Topic and dying their black and/or purple/red/blue with their black nails and eye makeup on their powdered white faces wearing dog collars pretending they’re Goth just to be “Cool” or to get attention. I’ve got news for all of them: You are NOT Goth, you are poseur children who seriously need to grow the fuck up. True Goths do not follow fashion trends to look cool, true Goths have a real inner state of mind who choose to express themselves through their clothes, art, writings, music, and décor, most often MAKING their own personal decorations for their home and bodies, not buying ready made crap at the store. Every Goth looks different and expresses themselves in their own very personal ways, not picking out cute cookie cutter shit that everyone else wears. So to all of you Emo Brats, Drama Queens, Mansonites, Baby Bats, Trend Whores, Fashion Kiddies, and Rebels Without a Clue pretending to be Goth: grow up and get a life. The rest of us are sick of your crap making us look bad because you can’t control yourselves and insist on being stupid!
As for those who are Real Baby Goths trying to find their place and identity, look to the True Goths like me that are in your area to help you find your real self and your place among our own kind. Don’t be afraid to ask us for guidance. The real Goth culture is an awesome thing; we just get tired of the fake wannabe poseurs crashing our party. >.< You can not buy it, but you can live it. Goth is who you are, not what you wear.
I recently found a very well written explanation of what is and is not Goth, written by a lovely Goth person named Azhram. Feel free to have a look and see what this gal has to say about it. I wrote a journal with my answers to the points listed here.
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While I generally do not advocate copying what others do, from what you are telling me it sounds more like you looked to your sister for inspiration and found a way to express yourself that felt right to you. There's nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, creativity, individuality, and self expression are key components of what it truly means to be a Goth personality in general. Below are 17 points from the link in the description (link copied to the question posed below) that shows many of the most common points most, if not all, Goths share (and I encourage you to read the rest of the essay in the link for yourself). I posted a journal regarding these points with my own answers to them to help show just one point of view on these. Feel free to poke at that as well if you wish.
How do I know if I'm Goth?
- You feel the need to spend a lot of time creating things (music, art, poetry, philosophies, stories and the like)
- Your creative efforts are often described as dark, shocking, scary, morbid or strange
- You like museums and cultural centers
- You understand and even enjoy Shakespeare, Shelley, Browning or some other similar work without having to read the Cliffe Notes
- You know the difference between nihilism and existentialism, even if you don't really live by either
- You really, truly enjoy music of many kinds
- You are a very sensual person (aware of color, texture, sound, taste and scent)
- You don't understand why the people around you spend so much time watching TV
- You don't feel comfortable looking just like everyone else you know
- You do feel comfortable just being yourself, even if no one else around is anything like you
- You wonder "why" a lot, and come up with some interesting answers
- You wonder "how" a lot, and often figure it out on your own
- You don't just reject something because you don't understand it
- You base your opinions of people on who they are and what they do rather than what they look like
- You are not afraid of the unknown
- You are not afraid of the dark
- You are afraid of mediocrity
so I'm guessing you don't like the term "babybat"?
I usually use it. because well.. I'm still trying to grow out of it and become my own "True Goth". because everyone starts out somewhere right?
i mean i wear black cause i like the color not because i hate life or anything like that and i normally express myself through art... so am i goth, SOMEONE HELP cause im just not sure