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(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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saralouise

24/Female
Walker, MI
Posted On: October 27, 2006
i don't understand why everybody hates goth people, my best friends brother is a goth and he is a catholis, why judge people by their clothing styles?
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benjilover

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 26, 2006
what the hell is with all the lables any way

seriously get a hobbie
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Rineria

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 26, 2006
People shouldn't label other people, everyone calls me goth and emo, just becuase i wear black, why can't people just wear and do what they want without some morons telling them how to live?
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jenni123435

23/Female
Lacey, WA
Posted On: October 26, 2006
Arianna pointed out another good point.

Goths are not always Satanic. In fact, most of the highschoolers at my church are Goths. And when I say Church I mean A Covenant Christian Church.
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jenni123435

23/Female
Lacey, WA
Posted On: October 25, 2006
Ok.

First of all, Goth isn't a style. It is a way of life. It doesn't really matter what people think of you but the fact that you know what you personally are. You can't just magically become a Goth.

Second, to those of you that claim to hate Goths don't realise that we also have feelings. Yes hard to believe isn't it? Especially since all you hair products keep you from retaining a single bit of information in your shriveled up brains.

Finally. To most people who have posted here: Learn to spell. U isn't a word. It is a letter. Chatspeak is not for commenting on articles. It is meant for being an idiot on messangers. Realise this. Other people have to cringe at seeing the horrid fact that you retain nothing in school.

Sincerely,

Lunaris
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Dragon_lover12

23/Female
Warrior, AL
Posted On: October 25, 2006
wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :icon 4:
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asha_071

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 25, 2006
me n my m8s r goths

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BloodBunny93

21/Female
Garden City, MI
Posted On: October 25, 2006
Bah, stereotypes. I hate them. We're people, not cans of food. >< A bit relating to this, since it's going along with steroetypes...Today in my American History class the teacher had the quote "Prejudice is the child of ignorence."Those who don't know those words,bascially it means pre-judging people comes from being stupid.But you can have your own opinions on that.I might be sort of "Goth/Emo/Punk",but I don't like to label myself.I really hate it when people go up to me and my friends and say "Are you GOTH?"I feel like they're making fun of us when they do that.No one likes to be made fun of.This can be a pretty touchy subject.A lot of people can get worked up over this kind of thing.Hmm...I think I looked Goth up on Wikipedia once and there's a religion,then there's the Sub-Culture(stereotype).But I really see no reason to be afraid of "goths".I'm truely afraid of "preps" because they make fun of me and my friends.I'm running out of space now,so I'll just end this rant now...
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Haylin_Air

20/Female
Goodyear, AZ
Posted On: October 24, 2006
hi
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depressedandpr

21/Female
Rohnert Park, CA
Posted On: October 24, 2006
just cause u were black does not mean ur goth. i wear alot of black and dark colors and my hair over 1 eye, so people call me emo and goth and stuff. goths r people just like u and people put them down just cause they look or act different, u people need 2 get ur heads out of ur a$$es and stop puttin goths down.
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Dragon_lover12

23/Female
Warrior, AL
Posted On: October 24, 2006
I was called emo because i wear my hair over my eye and like to wear black but watevr

goths r cool

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cheshirecat2

20/Female
Lynnwood, WA
Posted On: October 24, 2006
my mom wouldnt let me be a goth anyways...but still.

U SHOULDNT HATE ON THEM!! THEY R PPL TOO
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cheshirecat2

20/Female
Lynnwood, WA
Posted On: October 24, 2006
there is nothing wrong with goths!!!! i have a frend thats a goth so shut your freakin traps
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laceygirl_05

27/Female
Posted On: October 24, 2006
if you were a true goth you wouldn't care what anyone else thinks of you.
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angel19891

24/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 24, 2006
Just a reply to "I hate goths"....

F*** OFF!!!

You know nothing about us goths.

The history of goths is quite interesting.

Thankyou so much for sharing it with us.It seems so much clearer now.
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