Hello again, hopefully you will have read the article entitled The Guide To Goth Music, well people complained that there was nothing about subculture, so today we (Me and Erling) will do our best to explain the basis of the culture, what it is to be a Goth and related things, obviously, we cannot speak for everybody and there will always be differences so just keep that in mind.
We decided that it would be simplest to present a good portion of this article in the FAQ format, so if you wish ask your own questions feel free to do so.
Oh, anyone who wishes to pose "G0thFs su*ckkk" read the article first, and/or keep quiet. Lets begin.
The Goth style has evolved from being a 80`s phenomenon to becoming a way of life for many. Unlike Punk culture, where a lot of Goth comes from, there is a much bigger age difference: a lot of Goths are people between 14-40 years.
The Punk origin was focused on individuality and acceptance, this is something the Goth culture never have left, being Goth is not about being or not being accepted, and unlike Punk, which always was about acceptance.
Do I have to wear just black to be a Goth?
No, if black don't suits your skin you shouldn't wear it. Although it is a rather popular colour, it's usually used with red, purple and blue, or vice versa.
Do I have to smoke or take drugs to be Goth?
The answer is of course no, unlike the "New Romantics" that used a lot of drugs in the 80`s, the modern Goth style has a lot less drug abuse. Goths don't smoke anymore than anybody else does, it is a dead comparison.
Do you have to be involved involved in sadomasochistic sex to be a Goth?
One could ask himself exactly where people get it from that Goths are into sadomasochistic sex by default. Obviously there are Goths who are very much into and involved in S&M, but the majority are not. The porn industry is the one to blame for the concept of all Goths being S&M freaks, do a Google search on "Goth Sex" and see how many hits you get, yeah, thought so.
Can I listen to Rap & Trance and still be a Goth?
Indeed you can, but if you're mainly into those genres, Chances are you don't want to be a Goth anyway.
When you are in a subculture that's 99% based upon a musical genre, you should really listen to at least one major Goth band, and I'm not talking about "Cradle Of Filth" here, I'm talking about The Cure, Bauhaus or Sisters Of Mercy, ect, See our last column for the musical side of things here.
Are all Goths depressed?
No, but I don't blame people for thinking so. Many people act that way to fit in to the subculture because that's how they think we are.
Are all Goths Satanists?
Goths are hardly ever Satanists and are usually Atheist or some way involved with the Occult. Scribbling 666 everywhere is not Satanism anyway, and is often a trait used by "Mall Goths" who know nothing about Satanism itself.
I have heard expressions like "Mall Goth", "Poser Goth" and "Wannabe Goth" what are they?
A "Mall Goth" is a wannabe, a fake, a fraud. If you buy all your baggy clothes at Hot Topic and consider these bands to be Goth you just might be a "Mall Goth".
KornSlipknotGood CharlotteLinkin ParkMudvayneMarylin Manson
What are some Goth jobs?
One could think that maybe DJ, Artist, or Musician are really Goth jobs but no, the truth is that most Goths have just as boring jobs as the rest of us, Office Worker, Cashier, Postman ect..
But Goths are ment to be so creative?
Most Goths are very creative but that doesn't mean we can make a living on it. Like everyone else we have ambition, no one gets to the top by definition.
Why do people become Goths, because the society won't accept them?
That's not the case for most of us, but yes that's supposedly the reason for some. Since Goth is a music based subculture most of us have been introduced to Goth because of Goth bands or other dark/heavy bands.
Is Mr. Manson a Goth?
It depends; his make up does not make him a Goth, if he is a Goth offstage and in his own time it's entirely up to him.
Goths looks like freaks, are they doing this to get attention?
Now we are back on the "Mall Goth" character again, many "Mall Goths" dress the way they do to get attention but if you are a real Goth, you dress the way you do because you enjoy it yourself, if we wanted attention we could have worn big floppy shoes and rainbow wigs.
Article copyright of Alix D. and Erling.