Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Hoodies and Emos

A couple of years ago Richard did an article for the Big Issue, the homeless magazine, in which he asked people not to stereotype hoodies, i.e. people, usually youngsters, who wear a particular type of hooded jacket top. As I result I knew what a hoodie was when a young girl recently said – “Just because I’m a hoodie I’m not a gangster and just because I wear glitter eyeliner I’m not an emo.”
Time to update myself again I thought. What is an emo?

This proved harder than expected. There seem to be various definitions,
Emo is, for example, a particular style of hardcore punk rock and the people who are part of its fashion and subculture. Alternatively it is any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that is particularly or notably emotional and an individual or group of people associated with the fashion and subculture of such music. Thirdly it is used for a young person who is considered to be over-emotional, especially sad or ‘emotionally lame’.

I could just about cope with these definitions (and the images which went with them – of short-haired, eye-painted, brightly tattooed youngsters.)

But then I read about emos being attacked in Mexico by punk rockers. Perhaps folk my age shouldn’t try to understand after all......


  1. why do we need stereotypes anyway? who cares whether you're an 'emo', a 'hoodie' or a 'slut'? we need to stop being so judgemental and move on because these stereotypes mean nothing.

  2. I agree entirely Holly Jade. Stereotyping is simply the start of being biased for or against someone before you have a clue about their nature.

    What matters is well expressed by basketball player and one-time US Senator, Bill Bradley -
    Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.

  3. You know your projects stand out of the herd. There is something special about them. It seems to me all of them are really brilliant!


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