Saturday, July 22, 2006

You're Unique...Just Like Everyone Else.

I just saw something on the ole interweb that made me laugh.

It was a picture of an Goth girl, wearing a T-shirt that said:

“You laugh at me because I’m different. I laugh at you because you’re all the same

This is something I’ve never understood. You see, what is a Goth? Someone who dresses all in black? Likes to act all depressed and world-weary? Listens to a particular genre of music?

Now before I get flamed to death by every Goth that stumbles upon this page, if my definition of Goth is wrong, I don’t really care, because that’s not the point I’m trying to make.

My point is that Goths are hardly rare. We’re talking about a large group of people who all dress the same, like the same things and do the same stuff. Walk into any school, college or university and you’ll find a healthy compliment of people of the Goth persuasion.

So how is being Goth being different and non-conformist? Basically, all they’re doing is conforming to a different social group. In a normal school setting you’ll find hundreds of different groups and cliques. Jocks, Nerds, Goths, Punks etc.

When I was in college there was a large group of Goths, who even had their own clubs and societies, all of whom prided themselves on being ‘different’

Hmmm, ‘different’ non-conformists who choose to hang out with a large group of people who all dress and act the same way they do.

I hate to point this out to any Goths in the audience, but being Goth isn’t being different. You’re being exactly the same as every other group, only you choose to wear different clothes. You’re no more different to everyone else as the preppy girls who refuse to wear anything other than ‘this season’s’ hot new designer are.

As a final point to people like this. Talking about suicide and how terrible your life is 24/7 doesn’t make you exotic, interesting or mysterious. It just makes you an attention seeking fool.

You see, people who are actually serious about suicide tend to kill themselves, not just talk about offing themselves to anyone who’ll listen.


OzzyC said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one who's made this observation

MC Etcher said...

There are Goth-like folks who dress the part but who have an otherwise normal personality - these people are a lot more fun to be around than a true Goth.

Also, I have always had a thing for the Goth look on a girl... Perhaps because I was a teenager in the 80's, and it was a more interesting look than giant blonde hair and pink tights.

Paulius said...

The Goth 'dress sense' isn't too bad, as long as it's 'toned down'. IE, black clothes, dark eye makeup and lipstick on a girl isn't too bad. When it's black everything, it gets a little too much.

I should say though, it's not the dress code I have a problem with. It's when they try and talk to you, about nothing else but how depressed they are, how their life is a deep pit of despair and how they want to off themselves.

rayray said...

I'M different cuz I says so!

Paulius said...

Well, we all know that you're 'different', Rayray.

mistyforeverlost said...

Hey it. I was pretty hot in my pink spandex pants and over-sized polka dot shirt tied back with a boy toy belt!

Anyway, like Ozzy, glad someone else noticed that Goth are no different then the rest of us.

Now, give me a 30 something in two toned skin tight jeans with hair that would rival Lita Ford and there is someone different (or insane..your choice).

Glennius said...