What is emo?

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Posted 1/5/2011 by njoyscrappin in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 1/5/2011 5:49:51 PM
Can someone enlighten me about what it means if someone is called "emo"? I tried to google it but it took me places I don't want to go on the web, or show my daughter. Someone asked her at school whether she was emo. She as well as us, her parents, are quite sure what that means. I have somewhat of an idea. Figured the peas would know.

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Posted: 1/5/2011 5:51:44 PM
It stands for emotional. It's a type of punk movement, but the music is softer. It's been around for a while... I went through an emo phase about 10 years ago and it wasn't new then.

Emo kids typically look "alternative"... like skinny jeans, dark hair sometimes with bright party colours, etc.


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Posted: 1/5/2011 6:25:09 PM
EMO IS NOT PUNK.

Sorry. Touchy subject for this Sex Pistols lover.

Anyways, emo does in fact stand for emotional/emotive (I suppose it's very similair to a punk movement). These are the kids wearing skinny jeans and buddy holly glasses and dark hair over their faces and too much eyeliner.

Emos are also stereotypically said to engage in self harm. Wrist cutting has become almost a fad for all these kids. They post things with captions about how they are depressed and crying and live in this pitiful world of darkness and all that jazz.

Lots of kids dress in that fashion but are NOT the attention seekeing 'depressed' kids. (Lets clear this up and say right now I'm not trying to belittle teenage depression. it exists but there are also lots of whiners. Sorry.) Those kids are sometimes called "hipsters". So many terms! Hahahaha.

Emomusic is generally said to be the My Chemical Romace-type area.


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Posted: 1/5/2011 6:30:09 PM

EMO IS NOT PUNK.
It is (was?) a type of punk, it was borne out of a hardcore punk movement.


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Posted: 1/5/2011 6:39:16 PM
I say emo is not punk because now in 2011, they are very different.

In music styles, in their music's messages in themes, in dress, in morals.

I do agree they came from the same movement. So I think I'll meet you halfway here.


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Posted: 1/5/2011 6:41:30 PM
i always thought it was short for emotional hardcore punk....


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Posted: 1/5/2011 6:44:24 PM

I say emo is not punk because now in 2011, they are very different.


ITA. The term wasn't around when I went through that phase in 1984-5, though it's a similar look.

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Posted: 1/5/2011 6:51:24 PM
Yep, back in the eighties we were called by detractors "New Wave Art Faggots." (Excuse the language.)

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Posted: 1/5/2011 7:22:55 PM
Emo and goth are both subsets of punk. Add in juggalos and you have the perfect alternative, black-wearing trifecta.

The emo kids at my school wear: tight jeans, punk t-shirts, hoodies, fingerless gloves- either striped or fishnet, studded collars and belts, mini-tutus, Converse-type shoes- either high-top or knee high, jewelry with safety pins, and assorted skulls- either scary or cute.

Black is the main color, although other colors are allowed, preferably neon-bright. Hair is dyed black with or without fluorescent-hued highlights. Bangs are worn long and over the eye. Girls often wear cute little hair bows (sometimes with skull centers) near their bangs. Girls hair is often worn shorter than the current fashion.

Music: Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Dashboard Confessional, Paramore & Panic!At the Disco. At least that was what they were listening to 2 years ago. I'll have to ask them tomorrow what the current bands are.

A lot of people tend to call all of the kids wearing black goth but that is an entirely different subset, although the celebration of doom is common to both.

I was once goth. I also went through a stage that would be called emo now, but was usually called something like what katybee8 said.


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Posted: 1/5/2011 7:50:35 PM
Okay, that's kind of what I thought it was. I also thought it had something to do with self-harm, that sort of thing, but I think only one of you mentioned that. I saw a text she sent this girl at school, who I don't know, and she was talking about not being emo and then I stupidly, accidentally deleted the whole string of texts from her to this girl. Anyway, so we asked her about it because I didn't know if she even know what emo meant, and she really didn't.

I'm surprised this girl even thought my daughter is this. She hates skinny jeans, has one pair of black converse shoes but wears Ugg-looking boots every day instead, only has one pair of black leggings and has brown hair and has nothing with skulls on it. The only thing I can think of is that she saw my daughter pulling her hair or something in class (she wouldn't tell us exactly why this girl asked). My daughter has trichotillomania but has done soooo well since the start of middle school this year. I'm so proud of her! She has a full set of eyebrows and she has no bald spots on her head. I just hope this girl is not trying to instigate and stir up drama with my daughter. Anyway, I'll see how it goes. Emo doesn't sound so horrible except the self-harm stuff.

Thanks for the info as always. I haven't watched that video link that was posted but will in a minute.

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Posted: 1/5/2011 7:56:28 PM
A lot of people refer to self-harm as simply "being emo," regardless of style or personality.


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Posted: 1/5/2011 8:00:45 PM
I've asked teens as well as my younger siblings (ages 16-21) and they focus more on the emotional part of it....the kids in their schools (usually rural Iowa or MN) that are considered emo are often depressed and engage in self-harm or make such statements.


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