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The Real Story of Emos

July 31, 2010
By MaliyahP. SILVER, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MaliyahP. SILVER, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
There are pirate ships and steam ships but the best ship of all is friendship.

The definition of Emo has nothing to do with cutting yourself, it has nothing to do with what clothes you wear, what music you listen to, or what strange color you dyed your hair last month. Emo is the short way of saying emotional...really. Emo means emotional, like you have very vivid emotions and have a certain way of expressing that. Today, people see them as people that wear all black and purple-sometimes even red- and listen to screamo all day in a room with black lights and posters of weird bands that have no point. This stereotype is ruining the point of people expressing the way they feel about something. I have 3 friends that are all Emo, one is angry majority of the time, another is depressed and has to take meds for it, and the other is just like me, just wears a lot of black and orange- like Halloween.

Notice how none of them cut themselves or drug themselves until they pass out? That is because those things were for some dumb reason associated with Emo poeple. The one on anti-depressants, is on them because she had huge trauma in her life, and expressing it through nothing. She would sit and think until it was time to go to sleep...she would wake up and go through the same routine. So before you start stereotyping emos as cutters and things to that effect, learn about them and you'll notice that they are just emotional people, not freaks, not people that you should avoid, just emotional expressers.

The author's comments:
I'm so sick and tired of people stereotyping emos, so this is my attempt to stop that.

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houston SILVER said...
on Dec. 18 2014 at 6:55 am
houston SILVER, Joburg, Other
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I don't know about life, there is too much to it...

thank you, it angers me that people think that emos are people who cut themselves, sometimes i wish they knew... at school, i used to draw about death, like for example, a person hanging themselves, i did it for myself and for my own reasons, that doesn't make me emo, does it?

on Feb. 21 2014 at 11:52 am
Crystallite BRONZE, Santa Elena, Other
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what u are saying is true.maybe this will change the way that people see emos as just cutting themselves instead of something else

Astrain said...
on Jan. 23 2012 at 6:47 pm
When I was little, I actually wanted know what pain felt like. I didn't know the word emo that time but I gave myself around 3 paper cuts until my mom saw me and told me to stop. A lot of my friends found out about this and started to call me emo. At first, I though emo was only about people cutting themselves, but not anymore. People have their own reasons why they are emo and I have mine. Whe I'm at school, I laugh a lot with my friends, hang out with them and even go to parties with them. But, when I'm at home, I feel like it's not a safe place for me. My parents are going to a divorced stage right now and my mom thinks she can order me around by telling me that I'm only allowed to study, no computer times, I can't invite or hang out with my friends and that I need to act like a girl because I'm a girl. The truth is, I can't stand acting like a girl. I hate half of the girls at my school because they are the kind of people that like to spread rumors about other people like me. So I started to buy gothic clothes which my mom hates. My sister doesn't care about me and this girl staying at my house is trying to get into my personal life by stalking my friends. Just recently, I got into a huge fight with my mom and she told me that she doesn't want me anymore and that I need to grow up. She also told me that she wished I'm out of the house because she's bored of me. It's sad. She doesn't know I'm emo. I'm considering to tell her one day but I know she won't like it. I've been so scared that I don't even want my friends to know what I'm going through. I hate going to a therapist because they don't help and I don't like it when my mom tries to figure out whats wrong with me.

on Aug. 11 2010 at 11:57 pm
WaterWatcher SILVER, Houston, Texas
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Good things don't just happen to those that wait but to those that do.

totally right im emo and i wear totally bright colors and smile alot of the time at school but at home its super hard wit an alchaholic(sp?) dad, an abusive mom, and an evil sis life is hard but as a true emo i appreciate ur attemnt(sp?) to clearify the defination of emo. and im srry if my spelling sux english is not my best subject XD

on Aug. 4 2010 at 3:37 pm
TheMalfunctioningWallflower BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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"I did wood paneling."

"Do not FEAR the Crooked Zipper!! EMBRACE the Crooked Zipper!!!"

"What's better than infinity?"

"Wear your helmets, we'll be reaching speeds of three!"

"You could walk on your hands and catch up to him!"

I've been called emo and laughed at it. In fact a friend and I had this long discussion about it one day. Another friend said I was totally not emo because Emo people cut themselves and hate life. I wanted to scream, "Thats not it!"

on Aug. 3 2010 at 3:25 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

What you're saying is completely true. Emos would be happy to know that you're looking out for them. :)