So, I’ve come to realize that I’m so far out of it, I’m not even sure what these mean. Attitude, philosophy, music, dress, I’m sure all play a role in it. But what is “it”?
“Goth” is the only one of these we had back in my day, and that was folks who wore all black, perhaps with accents of red or dark purple (until one “rebel” wore all white to Neo one night, and that appeared to signal the beginning of some shift I didn’t quite grok), but now I see pink labeled as “goth”? Really? Pink? And not angry vaginal deep pink, but bubblegum pepto-bismol pink? Obviously, I missed the memo somewhere along the Getting Old trail. Still, goth now seems pretty consistent with '90s goth, with perhaps an added ironic Barbie element thrown in.
Are there still Preps, Jocks, Burnouts and Brains? What about Punks? Seems like Emo might kinda sorta be an evolution of Punk, but with less safety pins and anger, and more journaling and sighing.
I’m well aware that labels suck and people are people. I myself was an inter-label gal (or “Weekend Goth” as I liked to call it). But since people are throwing around these terms like they mean something, I’d like to know more. I just don’t quite understand the current labels, and I’m curious.
(Why Cafe Society? 'Cause it seems these labels are generally based on leisure activities or props - clothing, art, music, books, etc. It’s a crapshoot, and I won’t get whiny if a mod moves it, of course.)