It kind of irks me when people hate on the term 'alternative'.
Explanation after the jump.
I identify as Goth, yes.
That does not mean I am limited to Goth.
Hanging out with non-Goths does not take away your Goth.
I identify with people that are not Goth.
I identify with post-punk, deathrock, punk, all of the darker subcultures, because my fashion and music tastes and influences are similar and overlap.
I identify as a Goth and also as part of the darker subcultures.
But it doesn't end there.
But what exactly is a subculture?
- In sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, a subculture is a group of people within a culture that differentiates themselves from the larger culture to which they belong
We are all different from the masses, the 'regular' people, the 'normies'. Most likely, people will stare whether you're decked out in ripped fishnets and platform boots or a pastel JSK with a curly blond wig.
That is what I identify with, people who get stared at in the grocery store.
Now, bringing this back to the term 'alternative', what are your choices in culture?
You can choose the same culture the 'majority' choose- most of the people you go/went to school with- the same culture.
Or, you choose the alternative to it.
On another note, I don't identify with subcultures that have been appropriated into mass culture. Are they still subcultures? I don't think so.
They've become majority.
*BUT IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU*
Okay, my spiel is over, I'm done.