A lot of people think that goth is just a phase that kids go through during their angsty teenage years. But if you actually take a look at the goth scene, you'll see that it ranges in age from young Babybats to aging Eldergoths. Many people have been part of the goth scene for decades, and don't have any intention of changing in the foreseeable future. Why is it that being a goth seems to last longer than participation in most other subcultures? There's a lot of reasons for that, but here are a few of the big ones, in my mind:
It's not just a music or fashion scene, it's a mindset. Trends in music and fashion come and go, but things that affect your overall outlook on life are more permanent. Goth is about seeing beauty in darkness and embracing the unusual, weird, and taboo. This is something that stays with you, even when adult life forces you to engage more with mainstream culture and hide some of your spooky side.
It grows and changes. Goth has evolved and adapted a lot better than many other subcultures have. While the original goth bands are still beloved classics, the music scene has been far from stagnant over the last several decades, with new genres emerging like goth pop, gothic metal, and industrial. In terms of fashion, when the grunge look fell out of favor, goth adopted other looks like elegant Victorian goth and practical corporate goth. Now there are dozens of different sub-types of gothic fashion and music to choose from.
It has deep roots and a rich tradition. Goth as we know it emerged from the music scene of the late 1970s and 1980s, but its roots go even deeper. Goth draws on a literary genre that dates back to the mid-1700s, which produced iconic figures like Dracula and Frankenstein, along with a general aesthetic of extravagance and gloom. It continues to draw inspiration from literature and film in a variety of genres from horror to dark romance. With such a broad foundation, there's so much to explore when looking to get deeper into the subculture.
It creates a lasting community. There's something about goth that brings people together. Whether it's dancing together in the club, meeting up for photoshoots and cemetery picnics, or just hanging out on online forums like this one, there are so many opportunities to meet new people and form lasting friendships within the gothic community. We bond through our shared tastes, shared mindset, and shared sense of distance from mainstream culture. I know that some of the friends that I've made through the goth scene will be with me for life.
Do you agree with these? What are your reasons why goth is more than just a phase for you? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Written By: TheGothicLibrarian