The Emo vs. Goth War
One of the most hypocritical and stereotypical subculture wars around, Emo vs. Goth is one of my pet hates. I used to be a Goth, once upon a time, and they’re not as bad as all the Emos make out, and vice versa. One of my old friends described the difference between us as: Goth = getting laid in a coffin and Emo = listening to sad music while crying about not getting laid in a coffin.
I almost cried at how demeaning and stereotypical this statement was, but it shows what some of the best Goths I know think of us. Both of our subcultures have bad stereotypes – Goths are supposedly all violent, and Emos supposedly all self-harm.
We aren’t so different from each other, if you look at it in a different way. Hell, my mom thought I was emo when I was goth, and then got it wrong again when I started changing styles. And I bet that at least a few of us, I for one, love gothic rock. Sure, goths pick on us, but we don’t exactly make it any better for ourselves. Answer this: Of the gothic people at your school/in your neighbourhood, have you said something nice to at least three of them? Most of you won’t be able to say yes to that one, if the situation is as bad as it is near me.
When people hurt you, they’re just trying to get a rise out of you, and by ignoring their words, you’re not giving them the satisfaction. I personally would try to be nice to the person who’s hurting me, because it’s a lot harder to hate someone who’s nice to you than one you don’t know too well. I know it’s hard, but it’s worth a try.
We’re both subcultures of the same thing: punk. In fact, I’d say there’s a little of goth and a little of punk mixed together in emo.
Both of us wear a lot of black and we both have amazing people in our subcultures. Let’s try looking at what is the same about Goth and Emo, instead of the differences which we dislike so much.
Love you all XXX Violet
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