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Emo vs. the World

November 15, 2009
By Kristina Hobbs GOLD, Prineville, Oregon
Kristina Hobbs GOLD, Prineville, Oregon
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As you all know the new generation has new cliques and styles revealing a new gothic type appearance and attitude. Well if you are confused by it, stop being. Who cares. I mean what are these labels? When will we just let the show of expression and creativity be? Wherever the name “emo” came from is a mystery to me, but some say its short for “emotional people.” Well jeez, I didn’t know there was a special group for “emotional people” and I was sittin here thinking EVERYONE had emotions...obviously I was wrong because it’s not like we're all created equal or anything right? Wrong. Everyone has emotions and everyone cries!

Since the time I was in middle school the stereotypes have been that people
Who wear all black, cut their wrists, and are anger depressed individuals are considered “emo” people. Well, in my opinion, people wear black because they like it better than “sunshine yellow” and “tickle me pink” and there are some people out there that are angry and sad on a daily basis and choose to wear black to fit their emotional state of mind. As for the wrist cutting, well, some people do it to relieve stress as would an alcoholic chugging a beer and a doper shooting up their dosage of liquid crack. It doesn’t necessarily mean that people who wear dark clothes cut themselves, that’s a stupid theory. People like to express themselves get over it! Its no different then if you shop at “American eagle” or “Aeropostale,” because everyone has their own style, and there shouldn’t be lame stereotypes behind them. People just want to wear what they want without being labeled by others who for whatever reason think they’re better.

There have always been groups and cliques in the past that are labeled shallow pathetic names but the only reason I’m addressing this issue is because people have to go around calling people “emo” and then having crude assumptions about their lifestyles and musical hobbies. If you want to go around calling people “emo” and judging them then you best understand who they really are. People join cliques and people look the way others look because that’s where they feel accepted and that’ll always be the truth. It's all apart of life, some groups shop at American Eagle and some at Hot Topic.

Places like Hot Topic and Spencer’s are just places for people to go who aren’t afraid to look the way they want and act the way they please whether society approves of it or not. BUT, unfortunately, no matter how much it is preached, the labels and stereotypes will never end, so for now you are going to have to accept life and its judgmental cracks and realize everyone has a place to feel accepted, black, white and sunshine yellow, we are all different but we are all humans. So get over your stubborn animosity and entertain yourself with something else besides crude comments and assumptions, maybe you should go play in traffic because that might be more useful then talkin smack, or go fly a kite instead, because no ones cares.

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This article has 7 comments.

cr8artchick said...
on Apr. 13 2011 at 1:36 am
cr8artchick, Yorba Linda California, California
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I totally agree with the "emo" label being annoying, but it also deals with music too. If you like a song that's a little darker or the singer wears dark make- up, all of the sudden, they're emo and you're emo! It's such a ridiculous "label!"

leafy said...
on Feb. 4 2011 at 3:41 pm
i LOVE this piece, and i totally agree with you. i don't try to dress to fit a certain stereotype, but a lot of my clothes come from hot topic. and its really annoying cuz a lot people think that all emo people are rude an everything, but they're actually not. the people who work at hot topic have always been extremely nice, and while i've never been in a abercrombie or american eagle store, there are a lot of other stores that aren't emo at all with really grouchy people. and its also really annoying when really preppie people hate on emos and goths, but then they get a streak of their hair dyed, and i just wanna yell, "POSER!!!" anyways, might rant is done. nice work

on Jan. 26 2011 at 6:01 pm
musicphotographylife, Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost"

I agree but i think sometimes people go "emo" for attention and they think theyre cool

on Aug. 11 2010 at 11:51 pm
WaterWatcher SILVER, Houston, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Good things don't just happen to those that wait but to those that do.

thank u finally someone who actually gets it i kno it now sux cuz wat these ppl were bashing on before r now wearing it like they were the ones to make it popular but in the end as u said we're all jus ppl wit different styles

on Dec. 4 2009 at 8:49 pm
CheckeredXxXEmily, Vinemont, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
"Change is the only constant in life"-unknown.

Same here it's horrible that some people treat "emos" and others like this.

on Nov. 26 2009 at 7:40 pm
1COR13 PLATINUM, Anchor Point, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimmi Hendrix

I agree toltally. We all have to live in this world together we might as well be nice to one another

on Nov. 23 2009 at 5:09 pm
MyMusic.MyLife. BRONZE, Naples, New York
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Thank you so much. I hate it when people will be jerks and sterotype me like that. You really don't know how much that article means to me.