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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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lizard_eye

22/Female
Slovakia
Posted On: October 23, 2006
if u guys think ur so goth then why r u here making dollies? and if u hate stereotyping then why do u say ur goth if that's a stereotype/ i'm just saying. i think u should be who u r and shouldn't need lables like goth to define u.
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NoFx_Groupie

26/Female
Noblesville, IN
Posted On: October 23, 2006
Goth is no better than prep, if one should choose to label. HotTopic is owned and operated by Abercrombie and Fitch... I'm Alternative, and I prefer to keep it that way.
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Pickkle06

26/Female
Marion, OH
Posted On: October 23, 2006
I'm a goth. It doesn't mean you are depressed constantly, but I am so...yeah. I love being goth and I will never change.

~Uri~
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Artmis

24/Female
Fountain, CO
Posted On: October 22, 2006
i'm goth i always just keep to myself
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PattyBlack

25/Female
Mexico
Posted On: October 22, 2006
Maybe I´m not "so goth",but i like the goth style of clothing...
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wolfgirl562

26/Female
Cambridge, MN
Posted On: October 22, 2006
o bye the way if ya want to talk leave a message on my pro or just look at my pro

~plz sign my pro~
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wolfgirl562

26/Female
Cambridge, MN
Posted On: October 22, 2006
put away your preppy clothes and take on a whole new, darker persona.

so agree that preps should do that but then they would be posers and that ain't goth at all.

i'm goth by the way and no i don't lable my self to a labling group i just point out that i don't wear preppy close and join cheer leading(i will never join cheer leader) and stuff like that. i wear clothes like that to feel different and to be who i want to be not how other want me to be.also goth and emo and punk are more then styles their music.for exsample:system of a down

i love their music rocks socks.

any way im just righting because i have to wait 1:30 minute to go see a movie and im bored and that i just seen this on the side on the tdp side board. well gotta go bye peoples of all kind.

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Parintachan

24/Female
Mill Spring, NC
Posted On: October 21, 2006
Question.. How can being Gothic disgrace an entire group of completely individual people? o.0

I practice Witchcraft, and am Gothic, and I've never felt any kind of disgrace for > being me
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P0rnstarEdz

22/Male
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 21, 2006
I like the bit of history. It is a bit of stereotyping though.

I believe that actually "goth" was introduced waaaayy before the '80s and '90s as many chruches had gothis designs and while I was in a history class o.O I learned about this.

I think you have posted a good article. Maybe you should try writing stuff like this in dollz and stories?

xxx

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fairy_queen625

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 21, 2006
cool. i learned something and i wasnt even in school.
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killerroze

24/Female
West, TX
Posted On: October 21, 2006
i'm gothic 100%. and i guess i'm one of the fue that is like the ture to the gothic nature.

I injoy being what i am and if anyone has a problem.

I'll just cast a spell on them... I'm also a wicca.
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cutelilblondie

23/Female
Fayetteville, TN
Posted On: October 21, 2006
i don't usually like to label. i consider everybody ''normal''. but i do love the style of ''goth''. it's really beautiful and artistic looking. i have soo many freinds who are like that (or used to be) and they were really funny and nice thumbs up on this
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xJESSiCA

20/Female
Colorado Springs, CO
Posted On: October 20, 2006
This gothic dollmaker you made...no. You know, there ARE african-american goths, and goths don't always were black. And what is with the black hair? Where is the nice hair? And why not some straight hair, and maybe not so dark shirts? I know that there are a lot of goths at my school, but none of them ALWAYS wear black. Just a suggestion, stereotypes are bad. And this WHOLE article is a steriotype.
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krazykatie

22/Female
Flanders, NJ
Posted On: October 20, 2006
purely coincidental i was IMing my 'gothic' friend at the time i pulled up this article...

she's a perfect example of all of this. she wears those chain baggy black pants, all black clothes, i've seen her legs (because she always wears the same kind of pants) a grand total of once, died her hair black, doesn't need to paint her face white because she's already nearly snow-white, likes dark things like blo.od and loves werewolves...

but somehow i rarely see her frown and she's always laughing......
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The_Used13

21/Female
Mobile, AZ
Posted On: October 20, 2006
another thing, just because people wear black from head to toe, doesn't make them goth, i don't belong in a social group, and have been called a goth because i wore a blakc shirt, stereotyping people is wrong, im not goth but to insult them insults me too. goths are great people. just because you dont know them doesn't mean ypu can assume things of them.
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