Response to The True Christian Church of Christ ( www.truechristian.com/goths.html )
What is.. or what ISN’T GOTH?
SATANISM and WITCHCRAFT: GOTH culture is NOT anti-Christian. Just because someone is not YOUR religion it DOESN’T mean they are anti-anything. Many of the gothic songs and motifs are not SATANIC. Some people believe otherwise. Often the music is about emotions or spirituality. Gothic music is not based to any specific religion. Some people identify themselves as VAMPIRES and wear fangs or colored contact lenses. This doesn’t mean they are ‘gothic’. Some people also practice WITCHCRAFT (“WICCA”) – this DOES NOT mean they are gothic. It COULD mean they practice a different religion than you do. No ONE religion is the only correct religion. A person can choose to be non-religious.
DRUGS: PEOPLE use drugs (even devout Christians), and don’t let anyone tell you differently. Well-known deadly drugs such as heroin and marijuana, as well as exotic “designer” drugs, are often used as by all types of people. This includes businessmen, housewives, mothers, fathers, and former ESPN employees. Drug use is not bound to any specific type of music listener.
HOMOSEXUALITY: All kinds of people (even Christians) may be homosexual or bisexual. This has nothing to do with ones taste in music. This is also not something you ‘decide’. Sexuality is not a ‘perversion’. Homosexuality is not a ‘crime’. Why do you think that it is?
A CULTURE OF VIOLENCE: People in general can become violent and intolerant of others – this is not based on a favorite music genre. Some people like to ‘blame’ violence on external factors (as if people are not in control of their what they do). The decision to be violent has NOTHING to do with being Goth.
THE MUSIC and the FASHION: Many people think that because someone dresses in all black they are ‘gothic’, ‘sinister’, and ‘probably up to no good’. The way someone dresses does not automatically mean they can be labeled as ‘gothic’, or any other classification. Often people will ‘go goth’ and dress in all black without having a clue as to what is means to be ‘gothic’. Someone can wear a suit and tie and be gothic, someone can wear a pink dress and still be gothic.
Gothic is more about the understanding and embracing what most people consider ‘dark’, ‘mysterious’, and ’emotionally abstract’. A person who is gothic can be peacefully sad or emotionally aware, perhaps it can be though of as ‘happy to be sad‘. A person who is hateful, hurtful, violent, or emotionally closed is far away from being ‘gothic’.
So….What is Goth?
DarkGrave.com is mentioned in this book on gothic culture:
Goths: A Guide to an American Subculture
by Micah L. Issitt
Explains gothic culture along with lots of information on the gothic lifestyle.
Goths: A Guide to an American Subculture (Guides to Subcultures and Countercultures)
Goth culture is extremely diverse, touching on visual art, fashion, film, music, and body aesthetics. Goths: A Guide to an American Subculture offers a concise, easy-to-follow history of the subculture that explores its emergence and its impact on popular culture in the United States.
A Guide to Gothic Culture
The joy of teenagers and the bane of parents and educators, Goth culture has carved deep inroads in mainstream American culture over the past 15 years. Primarily associated with music (particularly groups like The Cure, Nick Cave, and Nine Inch Nails), Goth also encompasses fashion, art, fetish clubs, horror comics, and vampire cults. This lavishly illustrated book looks at Goth from both a pop and subculture perspective. Each chapter deals with a different artistic or cultural phenomenon — such as literature, photography, trash Goth, and the femme fatale — followed by an essay on specific aspects of the Goth aesthetic. The author’s wide knowledge of the history of “the dark side” and his keen eye for cultural trends make for a peerless primer of a prevalent but little understood of cultural phenomenon.
Learn About Goth Culture
Goth Craft is a sexy and serious A-Z of dark culture's collective tribal identity. More than just a demented 'Preppy Handbook' for a different era, Goth Craft goes beyond mere fashion, taking readers deep into the magical currents of this emerging subculture. Fascinating.