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  Goths: What's All the Black For? (Doll Article)

(October 17, 2006 by support Send DollMail )
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Goths - they seem to be in every school and neighborhood. Kids, and sometimes adults, dress completely in black with pale faces and dark make-up. The all black attire usually means one of two things, either it's Halloween, or you're looking at a Goth.

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What is Goth?

The word Goth is short for Gothic. The term Gothic as we know it today was originally a style of literature highly focused on the dark aspects of life and heavily infused with romance. Darkly romantic novels carried through the centuries to become darkly romantic people, or the Goths we see presently.

Typically speaking, Goths dress in black or other dark colors and tend to favor romantic styles of clothing. Long skirts, ruffles, or frills are true of some Goth girls, while clothing styles more commonly defined as Punk might better suit others.

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Where did Goths Come From?

The first Goths were actually German and partially responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire, but they have no bearing on the Goths we know today. Our Goths began as Punks during the 1970s and 1980s. Punk Rock bands originated during this time and gained in popularity as the voice for those refusing to conform to stereotypes.

In the early 1980s, some bands spun off into a slightly different sound and appearance and became known as Gothic or death rock bands. Over time, new bands without the same style of music began to call themselves Goth, and the term no longer held any musical value, but rather described appearances and attitude.

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Goth Appearances

Early Goth style came directly from the big screen. Horror movies spawned the modern Goth styles. Vampires and femme fatales are the grandparents of the Goth clothing so common today. Pale faces, dark eyes, and sometime dark lips combine with long, occasionally unkempt hair to create the traditional look. Clothing is dark, and traditionally attitudes were somber and even depressed.

Of course today, thirty-five years of Goth have evolved into any number of “normal” Goth appearances. Just like everyone else, Goths dress as they please and may look nothing like the Goths of the 80s and 90s. Movies, books, and bands have all put a new twist on what is cool within Goth circles, so there is not really a right or wrong way to be Goth. Really, all you have to do is say you're Goth, and nobody will be able to say otherwise.

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Goth Today

Goths today may or may not be deeply romantic, and they might be the funniest person you know. Many Goths simply enjoy wearing all black or other gothic attire. Goths are easily confused with punks, and even with those who seek no grouping, but prefer to dress a certain way. The irony of course, is that Goths, and Punks for that matter, all set out to be different from stereotypes, but have created a stereotype all their own.

Are you a Goth? Find or practice your own unique Goth style here at the Doll Palace, or see if perhaps it's time to put away your preppy clothes and take on a whole new, darker persona.


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doll_amy

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: March 7, 2007
so many ppl r afraid of goths i am a goth but if u get 2 no me i can be very prepy at times im happy and goths dont have 2 have pale skin so before anyone goes around badtalking goths meet 1 and get 2 no them so ur facts r strait
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Adreeloveswilt

18/Female
Posted On: February 25, 2007
THERE ARE SUCH THINGS AS GOTHS! I AM A GOTH! I NEVER SMILE, ALWAYS WEAR BLACK, A PURPLE PURSE TOO, AND WEAR BLACK LIPGLOSS! THERE ARE GOTHS! IT IS TRUE!!!!!!
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cherrygirl0531

20/Female
Bon Air, VA
Posted On: February 11, 2007
i agree with lizard eye!

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krista_howard

20/Female
Amarillo, TX
Posted On: January 18, 2007
Ok my brother likes black and that stuff but he is NOT gothic.I am going twords 'gothic' but only in style.
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Accio

107/Male
Broken Arrow, OK
Posted On: January 17, 2007
I mean Girlnextdoorfreak...o.o
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Accio

107/Male
Broken Arrow, OK
Posted On: January 17, 2007
I'm with girlxnextxdoor

You make it seem like goths are sooooo horrible and should be kicked off the face of the earth into hell.
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girlnextdoorfr

21/Female
South River, NJ
Posted On: January 12, 2007
*xprettycarcrash ok so ur names prettycarcrash, oopsie, i made a mistake, 2 fuccin bad....
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girlnextdoorfr

21/Female
South River, NJ
Posted On: January 12, 2007
ack! this is a complete & total lie! goths dont always wear blac. goths DO smile. they have all different colors of skin & they're hair is always different!!! its so sterotypical 2 b like this......i hate steryotyping....it sux...

o yea, prettycarcas, u little mfin bich, goth is NOT a genra of music. there r ppl who r gothic, but its not meant 2 b a label its a way of life, as of evry other label. u prep? it shows ur household life is better than others, but wen ur goth or punk its showin dat ur household life isn't da best. u cant jus call them spookykids cause dats how u get ur a$$ kicked, cause i kno i wanna kick it rite bout now.

{gabby}
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Lusty_Angel

23/Female
Norway
Posted On: January 8, 2007
People! Gothic is not a label -.- And no Punk and Goth is not the same, and no it's not just a music genere. It is a lifestyle. An own time... Stop dissing goth people...
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lizard_eye

22/Female
Slovakia
Posted On: January 6, 2007
NO ONE IS GOTH! NO ONE IS PREP! NO ONE IS EMO! NO ONE IS ANY STUPID LABEL! just cause someone got a giant sharpie and wrote a label on ur fore head doesn't mean anything. i use to always try to figure out what label i was and then it poped up in my head, I AM NOT LABEL. wouldn't it be nice if someone asked us what label we were and we could just say I'M UNLABELED, I'M A NO NAME BRAND. well thats what i think
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kaidou_kio

28/Male
Japan
Posted On: December 9, 2006
That is so stereotypical. Pfft. If you called every person who wore all black and frilly skirts a goth, then everyone would be "gothic." For those that don't know, Gothic was a style of European art that symbolized romance and Catholicism. Goths do not all wear dark colors and are not all wrapped up in suicidal thoughts, dark thoughts, or any of that crap. Please don't encourage stereotyping.
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coolchic16

22/Female
Olympia, WA
Posted On: November 18, 2006
Emos are SO not horrible!!! I'm emo and I've never cut myself ever! Thats stupid. This article was cute but unrealistic. I'm not goth but I love black and I love soft, romantic forms of dress. But that doesn't mean I don't like a more punk edge to make it emo, either!!! I know most goths have some weird tendencies, like all the ones at my school are obsessed with Japanese Anime. I'm not even making a stereotype there! All of them love it. But they're all really cool! Who cares about stereotypes!!!!!!!
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Vira13

22/Female
Union Gap, WA
Posted On: November 13, 2006
idk how many times i hav to say this but u dont hav to cut urself just to be emo!!!!! get it through ur thick little skulls.
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mado13

107/Female
Zimbabwe
Posted On: November 8, 2006
i have had one date , and on that certain date i got dumped soo sad
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darkprincessmo

21/Female
Hopewell, VA
Posted On: November 8, 2006
This article was okay
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