Je hoeft je er niet voor te schamen dat je straight edger bent, maar je moet je ook niet beter voelen dan anderen



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INEKE (17): «OP FUIVEN DRINK IK FRUITSAP OF SOJAMELK, NOOIT ALCOHOL. IK GEBRUIK OOK GEEN DRUGS, ROOK NOOIT SIGARETTEN EN IK VERKIES EEN VAST LIEF BOVEN ONE NIGHT STANDS. IK BEN AL TWEE JAAR STRAIGHT EDGE: IK WIL BEWUST EN SOBER LEVEN EN LIEFST MET EEN HELDER HOOFD ZELF BESLISSINGEN NEMEN.»

Tineke: «Sommige straight edgers dragen een getekende X op hun hand. Dit symbool komt uit Engeland, waar vroeger elke minderjarige die een pub bezocht een zwarte X op de hand gestempeld kreeg. Zo kon de barman zien dat je minderjarig was en dat hij je dus geen alcohol mocht serveren. De straight edgers hebben dit symbool overgenomen. We drinken niet alleen nooit alcohol, we trachten in het algemeen sober te leven. Velen zijn net zoals ik vegetariër, maar dat is niet verplicht.


19 + 5 = 24


Ik draag nooit zo'n X op m'n hand. Dan pak je er te veel mee uit, vind ik. Je hoeft je er niet voor te schamen dat je straight edger bent, maar je moet je ook niet beter voelen dan anderen. Ik draag baggypants en skateschoenen. In een groep jongeren zou je me er dus nooit uithalen als straight edger, behalve als ik een typisch T-shirt draag. Dan zou je het kunnen zien aan de opschriften. We hebben iets met cijfers en symbolen. X is de 24ste letter van het alfabet. De S van straight is de negentiende letter, de E van edge de vijfde. Als je die twee getallen bij elkaar optelt, kom je weer tot 24. Op veel T-shirts vind je die getallensymboliek terug.

EXTREEM RECHTS


Er is geen verklaring of manifest van de straight edger. Hoe je tegenover de wereld staat, is persoonlijk. Iedereen heeft dus een verschillende politieke overtuiging, maar extreem rechts hoort daar niet bij. Straight edgers zijn tegen racisme en alle vormen van discriminatie. Er zijn er die vinden dat als je niet straight bent, je niet goed bent. Vind ik flauwekul. Meestal zijn dat jongeren die straight worden omdat ze denken dat het cool is. Na een tijd zijn ze het beu en proberen ze iets anders. Voor zo'n mensen kan ik minder begrip opbrengen dan voor iemand die niet straight is. Echte straight edgers zijn open minded en tolerant. Sommigen zien er misschien extreem uit, hebben tatoes en piercings, maar met een soja-melkje in de hand zien ze er al stukken minder gevaarlijk uit.

PAS OP VOOR DE VAL


Mijn vrienden zijn zeker niet allemaal straight. Je mag je niet afsluiten van de rest van de wereld, want dan hoor je alleen wat gelijkgestemden zeggen. Dat is niet alleen een val voor straight edgers, maar voor alle mensen. Je kan ook lid zijn van een jeugdbeweging en een zodanig groepsgevoel ontwikkelen dat je alleen nog aan activiteiten van de jeugdbeweging meedoet. Om straight te zijn, heb je een sterk karakter nodig. Dan ben je mentaal ook wel sterk genoeg om een eigen idee over alles te blijven hebben.

DRANGHEKKENS


Ik ga vaak naar hardcore-optredens en -festivals. Ik kom er Polen, Engelsen, Spanjaarden, Duitsers tegen. Da's megaleuk. Ik ken nu mensen van overal. Op hardcore-optredens staan nooit dranghekkens om de bands van het publiek te scheiden. Je kan bij de artiesten komen en met hen praten. Prima mentaliteit vind ik: iedereen is gelijkwaardig. Veel hardcoreteksten gaan over vegetarisme, spreken zich uit tegen racisme, voor de natuur en tegen uitbuiting. Muziek met een boodschap dus. Of je zelf ook iets doét, is weer een persoonlijke keuze. We organiseren optredens waarvan de opbrengst naar Amnesty International gaat. We verkopen ook vegan burgers ten voordele van de dierenrechtenorganisatie Animal Truth.

BESSY OPETEN


Ik heb vroeger van de smaak van vlees gehouden, maar nooit van het gevoel: ik was me er altijd van bewust dat ik dode dieren at. Als kind had ik een vriendin die in een boerderij woonde. Ze had een lammetje dat ze met de papfles te eten gaf. Na een paar weken kon zij zonder verpinken aankondigen «we gaan Bessy opeten». Hetzelfde gebeurde met de konijntjes en de andere dieren van de boerderij. Je kon gewoon kiezen wie je volgende week zou gaan opeten. Ik vind dat absurd en het choqueert mij. Mensen hebben geen vlees nodig om te overleven. Er zijn ook straight edgers die veganist zijn: ze eten geen dierlijke producten zoals kaas, eieren, boter en melk. Nog anderen zijn fruitariër.

ONNOZEL?


Ik krijg bijna nooit negatieve reacties. Heeft ook te maken met hoe ik me gedraag tegenover anderen. Als je je beter voelt, krijg je natuurlijk commentaar. Sommige tegenstanders beweren dat het een sekte is, maar dat doen ze omdat ze er te weinig over weten. Dit is een beweging van bewuste jongeren. Er zijn er ook die zeggen dat soberheid nastreven onnozel is: «je leeft maar één keer en je moet je amuseren in dit leven». Dat zal wel zo zijn, maar 't is niet omdat ik sober leef, dat ik me niet amuseer. Ik ga graag uit, trek erop uit met de jeugdbeweging, volgend jaar ga ik naar de universiteit, ik skate en binnenkort ga ik snowboarden. Ik vind het ook helemaal niet lastig om me aan de straight edge-regels te houden. Het is een lifetime commitment.»

If you have the ideas, time and energy to set up a decent straight edge website send me an e-mail to sxe@poisonfree.org and I will let you host the website here, at poisonfree.org, for free.



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What is Straight Edge?

In the late 1970s and early 1980s a group of bands and kids began something that grew into a movement. It would become a movement that would outlive many of their involvement in the music and the scene. They didn't know what they were doing. They knew they didn't like what was going on around them, the self destruction, the self hatred, the pain and suffering caused by the punk mentality. The fuck you and fuck the world attitude didn't make sense to them. They took a symbol that was originally used to identify them as being too young to drink so that the bartenders would know not to serve them and they made it their own. So they started setting themselves apart by wearing X's on their hands and by singing angry songs proclaiming:

"I'm a person just like you
But I've got better things to do
Than sit around and fuck my head
Hang out with the living dead
Snort white shit up my nose
Pass out at the shows
I don't even think about speed
That's something I just don't need

I've got the straight edge"

Minor Threat wrote this song in 1980 and a name was given to what would become a movement. The basic beliefs that drugs and alcohol were not needed and should be rejected. That one should live against the grain of popular society and live by rules and standards from themselves and not the ones dictated by society.

Influenced by Minor Threat and other Washington DC bands like the Teen Idles and SOA, the Boston bands SS Decontrol and DYS took the words to heart and expanded on them and expanding Straight Edge's presence within the growing hardcore music genre.


SS Decontrol, Forced Down Your Throat from the GET IT AWAY LP

What's there to do weekends here
Go to a party drink some beer
Everybody's drinking why shouldn't you
Be a part of the drinking crew

CHORUS:
That's real cool you're a man


Forced down forced can
Forced down your throat
Forced down your throat

Conditions set conditioned to drink


Too much pressure just won't think
Look what's next smoking a J
Think for yourself break away

[CHORUS]


Do the hard stuff its real fast
Do it straight the buzz will last
Fuck off you I ain't no waste
Why drink that when I just can't stand the taste

The East Coast was not the only place where Straight Edge was starting to take hold. West Coast bands Unity, Uniform Choice and 7 Seconds were each adding their voice to the growing chorus.

Uniform Choice, Straight and Alert from the Screaming for Change LP

Who drink the barley?


Who drinks the grain?
Who shoots that shit into their veins?
Is there really the need for the use of dope?
Does it solve ones problems
Can it help one cope?

All the above bands were active between 1981 and 1984. Things stalled at this point. It wasn't until 1985 that a band would come along and change straight edge forever and turn it into the movement that everyone involved today knows and loves. This band was Youth of Today. The record that would change it all was Can't Close my Eyes. During its existence youth of Today featured pretty much a who's who of New York Hardcore. Youth of Today shared members with bands that would define the youth crew and straight edge sound for years to come. Bands like Bold, Side By Side, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, and Project X. These bands together would form the backbone that all modern straight edge bands benefit from. These are best represented by the lyrics of the song that named the era.

Youth of Today, Youth Crew from the Can't Close my Eyes 7"

Me you youth crew!


If the world was flat I'd grind the edge
To the positive youth my heart I pledge
X on my hand now take the oath
To positive youth to positive growth
To positive minds, to pure clean souls
These will be all my goals
Walk with me and my crew
There is so much shit we can do
And we won't stop until we're through

The Youth Crew era lasted through the late 80s and straight edge would never be the same. It was now a movement. It was more than just a set of personal beliefs. It was something more. It was more than words it was a force of change in the world.

The late 1980s and early 1990s found many straight edge bands becoming more and more political and more geographically dispersed. California saw bands like Inside Out, Insted, Chain of Strength, Outspoken, No for an Answer, Carry Nation, Chorus of disapproval and Unbroken. Seattle saw bands like Brotherhood and Undertow. The east coast had Turning Point, Mouthpiece, Flagmen, Crud, Battery, and Lifetime.

Brotherhood, No Tolerance (For Ignorance) from Fuck Racism, No Tolerance EP

So proud of your country, nationalistic pride
So proud of your race, prejudiced mind
If you so love your country why can't you see
It's made up of all people, no racial boundaries

We're dedicated to stop your ignorance


Band together to bring you to your knees
For your actions we have no tolerance
Your blind hate, prejudice, a disease

Beating up kids who don't share your views


Pull that shit with us and you'll lose
We may lose some battles
But we'll win this war
We may have sat complacent once, no more

The mid 1990s saw explosive growth due in large part to the pro animal rights, pro straight edge band Earth Crisis. The more metallic Bands of this era were One King Down, Brother’s Keeper and Strife. Many of these bands and people involved embraced a militant animal rights stance. It was at this time that Straight Edge gained notoriety, incorrectly, for advocating violence and a gang like mentality in places like Salt Lake City Utah. While misconceptions continue to this day, there is no truth or foundation in accusations like these. These stories were isolated and were blown out of proportion and ended many many years ago.

Firestorm by Earth Crisis was often misinterpreted and pointed to as an example of advocating violence in the name of straight edge. However as with most hardcore the song wasn't literal, but the mainstream press doesn't understand subtext.

Firestorm from the Firestorm EP/ The Oath that keeps me Free


Street by street.
Block by block.
Taking it all back.
The youth's immersed in poison
Turn the tide counterattack.
Violence against violence,
Let the roundups begin.
A firestorm to purify the bane that society drowns in.

During this same time period saw a Youth Crew revival spearheaded by Ten Yard Fight and included bands like In My Eyes, Hands Tied, Atari, Rancor, 97a, and Better than a Thousand.


Far less militant than the "vegan warriors" of the time, these bands were positive and brought crucial and edgemen back into the lexicon.

Courage to Care by In My Eyes from The Difference between

Growing up not slowing down
Time got your best just look around
But I've found something that keeps me aware
A whole scene of people with the courage to care
Your youth is behind you
As if you were dead
Those times were good man
My best lies ahead
When I deal with you now
All I get is upset
You keep pushing me away
Something you'll regret
I know only a few have the will to stay sincere
Seeing different faces every fucking year!

The first half of the 2000's have seen a lot of ups and downs in both the number of straight edge kids as well as the number of bands. There currently aren't an overwhelming number of straight edge bands as there once were, but the ones that are around are doing it with all their heart. Recently ending bands A.18 and Over My Dead Body were straight edge super groups made up largely by members from earlier bands and all involving men in their 30s a rarity in hardcore and especially straight edge. Some bands that keeping things alive and spreading the message, The Promise, With Honor, Casey Jones, Champion, The Answer, and Blue Monday

The Mirror by With Honor from their Self Titled EP

I've let tomorrow be a good excuse for


Not changing today
Looking over our lists of to-do's routines have gotten in the way
Day in, day out it becomes the same
I'm tired of standing for nothing and sleepwalking our time away

Leaving our questions unanswered


Or never asking at all

Could we be something more?


Than we are right now?
Eyes closed, shut tight,
Apathy has us by the throat,
Loosen the ropes and let our dreams take flight!

So often we let our dreams fall away but not this time... let's go

I feel like I've never wanted something so bad as this
Stand up and be something more!

We’ll make a change


STAND UP
No time to waste
RIGHT NOW
STRAIGHT EDGE

Straight-Edge - een subcultuur!?

Straight-edge, de dingetjes niet waard. Straight-edge, de stroming is oud nieuws, en is dan ook meer Stray-edge: een dwaling op het randje. En de jeugd tuint er massaal in.

Straight-edge, de onthouding van drank, drugs, sex, en in veel gevallen ook vlees, is als tegenbeweging natuurlijk helemaal zo gek nog niet. Ik vind het alleen jammer dat de argumenten van de straight-edgers die ik tot nog toe heb gehoord zo adembenemend zwak zijn dat ze hun stroming bij voorbaat reeds de nek omdraaien. Natuurlijk hoeft de doelstelling of visie van een beweging niet 100% rationeel te zijn; sterker nog, om in beweging te komen heeft de mens natuurlijk toch altijd nog tegenstrijdigheden nodig. Toch zijn de motieven bij straight-edge dusdanig in tegenspraak met de methodes, dat ik er eigenlijk alleen nog maar om kan lachen.

Straight-edge, controle over jezelf hebben door je geest niet te laten beinvloeden door substanties van buitenaf. Gelukkig zijn velen nog net consequent genoeg om ook caffeine-houdende dranken daarbij mee te rekenen, maar uitlaatgassen, verontreinigingen in het water, babyvoeding, tastbare media, of kleding gemaakt uit andere stoffen dan die uit het eigen lichaam, DAAR hoor je niemand over. Ah, jij bent straight-edger? Goed hee, dat jij al voor je geboorte genoeg controle had over je eigen bewustzijn om je tijdens je kinderjaren niet meer te laten vormen door je omgeving zeg! Andere mensen zullen je wel benijden; zij zijn immers de slaaf van hun neurale netwerk, en de dingen die ze willen ontspruiten aan een brein dat is gevormd door de buitenwereld. Hun streven naar controle is een zielig en bovenal zinloos verzet tegen de wetten van de natuur. Okay, als je dan wilt praten over controle voor zover die illusie een werkelijkheid kan zijn, dan ben je naar mijn mening zowiezo als een mongool wanneer je je hele levensvisie ophangt aan 1 of 2 stoffen van buitenaf. Alcoholisten of heroinejunkies hoeven helemaal niet out-of-control te zijn, tenzij ze hun leven door hun drug laten bepalen. Wie zo handelt kiest zelf voor een leven van afhankelijkheid, en zolang afhankelijkheid zelfgekozen is biedt deze meer vrijheid dan de meeste mensen ooit zullen ervaren. Echte vrijheid zit in dat neurale netwerkje van je, niet in de (bio)chemische balans daarbinnen.

Straight-edge, als manier om gezonder te leven, is heel zinnig. Mits je gelooft in relatieve begrippen zoals gezondheid. Als je daarin gelooft zul je wel het een en ander hebben aangenomen van wat je ouders je hebben verteld. Loser! Hoe kun je je lifestyle nou nog verdedigen!? Had het nou maar gelaten bij live & let live, geen sex, geen drugs, geen vlees, en er geen politiek statement van gemaakt. Alleen al door te beweren dat iets een tegenbeweging is benadruk je toch al dat iets het gevolg is van een invloed van buitenaf? Had nou maar gewoon gezegd dat JIJ je gewoon lekker voelde bij een dergelijke geheelonthouding, en je niet aan irrationele beschuldigingen aan het adres van de punk-beweging bezondigd. Ik lees hier zojuist weer een artikel over straight-edge in de Nieuwe Revu, waarin de zoveelste aanhanger van deze sekte letterlijk over punk zegt: "Het anarchisme waar ze het altijd over hebben, het vrij zijn. Maar hoe kun je vrij zijn als je leven door alcohol en drugs wordt beheerst? Dan ben je naar mijn mening helemaal niet vrij. Dat klopt gewoon niet. Wat punkers pretenderen, zijn ze helemaal niet. Daarom zie ik straight-edge eigenlijk ook als de enige echte vorm van punk. De ultieme vorm van punk". Maar punkers haalden politiek en wetenschap ook niet door elkaar. De vrijheid die ze nastreefden had niets te maken met het ontkennen van de natuurwetten waaraan ons multiversum voldoet. In dit opzicht is straight-edge nog hypocrieter dan van die debiele actiegroepen die zogenaamd een beter milieu nastreven door andermans eigendommen te vernietigen.

Straight-edge, da's niks voor mij. Ik laat mij niet als hersenloze marionet meeslepen door de eerste de beste tegenbeweging (ik laat mij slechts als hersenloze marionet meeslepen door de chemische reacties in mijn brein die uit de confrontatie met deze tegenbeweging voortvloeien). Straight-edgers zijn dom (uitzonderingen kunnen thans de regel enkel nog bevestigen) en staren zich blind op hun eigen statements. Realistisch is anders, maar misschien moeten ze gewoon nog een andere invulling voor hun leven vinden dan sex en drugs, omdat dat het enige was waar hun leven voorheen uit bestond. Tja, dan ben je nog triester dan dat je dom bent. Maar genoeg theater voor nu. Schelden zoals ik hier nu doe wordt zelden in perspectief gezien, en dus zie ik me bij voorbaat maar weer genoodzaakt om te vermelden dat ik absoluut niks tegen geheelonthouders heb, tenzij ze gaan opscheppen over hun prestaties en valse motieven vastplakken aan hun nobele streven. Je moet leven op de manier waar je jezelf het beste bij voelt, maar pretendeer niet meteen te weten hoe de dingen zijn. Als er IETS is wat laat zien dat de enige vijand die we nog hebben onze eigen hypocrisie en onwetendheid is (en we in feite alleen nog tegen onszelf aan het vechten zijn), dan is dit het wel.

Straight Edge Philosophy
'Straight edge' philosophy is fundamentally one of abstinence from a few things which 'the world' professes to find important, but which may actually be hindrances rather than necessities. Its basic principles were outlined in the lyrics below, written by the forefathers of the philosophy, the punk band Minor Threat.

(I) Don't smoke,


Don't drink,
Don't f**k
1,
At least I can f**king think


Can't keep up
Can't keep up
Can't keep up


Out of step with the world.

- 'Out of Step (With the World)', Minor Threat



Minor Threat

In 1980, a Washington DC hardcore punk band called Minor Threat released some music whose message and inspiration would begin a new movement in youth culture.

The punk scene was still taking off, and new bands continued the ideals of what they perceived British band The Sex Pistols to be about - anarchy, outrageousness, and self-destructive nihilism2. Meanwhile, US underground punk bands were busy getting very agitated about the wrongs of society and were literally screaming for change (The Dead Kennedys being a prime example).

This was brought to a new level when, instead of singing about the naughty naughty government and how unpleasant everybody is, Minor Threat's frontman, Ian MacKaye, chose to write songs about the pressures of youth culture. In the underground scene of Washington DC, he watched as kids mindlessly developed drug habits, beat each other up under the influence of excessive alcohol consumption, and sold their lungs to tobacco companies. He wanted out - which was also the general feeling conveyed by his previous band, the Teen Idles, in which he played bass.

I've Got the Helix3

On Minor Threat's first album was a song entitled 'Straight Edge', whose lyrics describe the band's approach to drugs. According to rock legend, the name for the band's choice of lifestyle came to their bass player as they were drawing a local promotional poster. He compared their 'no s**t' attitude to the straight edge of the ruler he was using. And lo, the term 'Straight Edge' was coined.

There is also another, equally uninteresting explanation for the term. Ian MacKaye originally wanted to call Minor Threat 'Straight' because he wanted to show how they were going to 'push' the band as far as possible. Instead, he just wrote a song called 'Straight Edge' which 'championed the individual'.

I'm a person just like you
But i've got better things to do
Than sit around and f**k my head
Hang out with the living dead
Snort white s**t up my nose
Pass out at the shows
I don't even think about speed
That's something I just don't need


I've got the straight edge

'Straight Edge', by Minor Threat



The Basic Idea Behind the Straight Edge Philosophy

In their most simplistic forms, the ideas behind straight edge are summed up in the words of 'Out of Step'. Minor Threat did not do anything they considered addictive or to be bad for them, physically or mentally. They did not require a metaphoric crutch4 in order to get through life.

A common misconception of the band's philosophy is that because they did not 'f**k', Minor Threat were all celibate - which is wrong! 'F**k' simply means that they did not have casual or promiscuous sex, which can often cause a lot of harm.

The straight edge ideals of Minor Threat, and fellow straight edge bands such as Gorilla Biscuits and State of Alert, promoted freedom of thought and the motivation to rebel against the crowd if what the crowd isn't all it's cracked up to be. Some people make these ideals out to be stringent 'anti-fun', but there are no actual rules. The lifestyle is entirely down to the discretion of those who choose it. Ian MacKaye became so agitated with people's misinterpretation of 'Out Of Step' as a list of rules, that Minor Threat re-released it with the words 'this is no set of rules, I'm not telling you what to say or do...' spoken during an instrumental section. It should also be noted that people who make out Minor Threat and associates to have been 'anti-fun' were probably part of the 'crowd' in the first place.



sXe

Minor Threat soon developed a cult following of like-minded individuals, who called themselves 'straight edgers' and were distinguished by a black 'X' worn on one hand. The black 'X', now a sign synonymous with straight edge (which is often shortened to 'sXe'), is said to have originated in the Washington club scene. Many punk and rock shows were 'all age', so even children were allowed in. However, to prevent underage kids buying alcohol, they were marked with an 'X' on their hand in permanent marker at the door.

Straight edge people of all ages began marking their hands with a black X, to distinguish themselves from the rest and as a mark of their ideals.

Straight Edge Today

After three years of pure energy, Minor Threat disbanded, leaving behind them a piece of punk history and a section of American youth no longer content with mindless conformity.



sXe in the Media

Since its inception, straight edge has developed into something big. However, what the public sees of it is likely to be negative. Most news relating to it is usually of gangs of straight edge bullies attacking people who smoke. As one person, hopefully in jest, said on the Straight Edge FAQ5



I am a passive sXe... I never want to fight anyone. That is why I always carry a gravity knife with me, so If someone f**ks with me, than I can wipe them out quickly (although I hope I will never have to!).

This is not a reference to punishing those who did not agree with the philosophy, but an example of the violence, which is often associated with the movement. This is a very worrying reflection of people's attitudes, and an example of the reason the members of Minor Threat wish to be disassociated from the movement - they never promoted violence, intolerance or narrow-mindedness. Luckily, these qualities rarely apply to most straight edgers.



Straight Edge Evolved and Deformed

Straight edge has now become, to some people, more than just a way of describing their lifestyle. To them, it is a label - you've either got the edge or you haven't. If you slip up, you're found drinking alcohol for example, then you run the risk of being shunned by an 'elite' group who will no longer accept you as straight edge. Others think that to be straight edge, you must also wear certain types of clothes, and like only one particular type of music. What was once a name for individual thinking and a way to avoid hurting yourself and others has, in some places, become the very thing that the philosophy once challenged.

Another group of people have taken straight edge to their choice of food, too. Vegans are a large section of the straight edge subculture, prompted by bands such as Earth Crisis. While veganism isn't part of the established straight edge lifestyle, it is often associated with it. Straight edge Vegans say that this is because once you begin to study what you put into your body, veganism is a logical progression from the choices you make in being straight edge.

Other people take the 'no drugs' aspect so far that they do not take any medication (arguably a very silly idea, indeed) and others abstain from even moderately addictive substances such as tea and coffee.



The Relevance of Straight Edge Today

Ignoring its unfortunate extremes, the original premise behind the straight edge lifestyle is still inspirational today. Peer pressure to fit in with The Crowd today is just as strong as - if not stronger than - it was in the 1980s. Many teenagers do what they think is 'cool' to become or stay popular without considering the long-term effects of their choices - smoking, for example, is very common among teenagers.

It is likely that straight edgers will 'lose the edge' when they are adult - after all, there is nothing inherently wrong with drinking. But hopefully, by this time some of the pressures of youth will have been lifted, and they will have built up enough confidence to say 'no, this is not how I want to live' when they are put in potentially excessive or compromising situations.

Straight edge offers teenagers an opportunity to break out of the destructive cycle of peer-directed sensibility, and enables them to realise that they have the ability to control their lives and a responsibility to look out for those around them. The ideals of the philosophy have been partly tainted by the narrow-mindedness of a few individuals, but the ideals themselves are still viable.



Straight Edge on the Web

  • Dischord Records - the record label of Minor Threat, set up by Ian MacKaye

  • Straight Edge Dot Com - Straight Edge resources

Related BBC Links

  • Check out this Straight Edge documentary.

1 It should be made clear at this point that profanity is not essential to the straight edge lifestyle - please bear in mind that its original promoters were both young and angry.


2 Which is more of a misconception than people may realise. It's recommended that Researchers who are interested read The Sex Pistols - The Filth and the Fury, which tells their story and is very enlightening.
3 Helix is a brand of ruler available in the UK.
4 A favourite hardcore punk cliché.
5 The unofficial guide to everything straight edge.


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