World Goth Day: Shedding some light on the darkness of a much-maligned subculture

World Goth Day: Shedding some light on the darkness of a much-maligned subculture

It was a time when fashion favoured “glamazon” WAGs with fake boobs, coiffed hair and tanned skin. But I was fascinated by a scene where men wore black lipstick and eyeliner, and women were accepted whether they squeezed into tight corsets or worse baggy black hoodies and jeans. As a teenage girl, Goth offered an escape from a mainstream culture that obsessed about female bodies and sex. How will your curves fill out? Are you frigid or a slut? Goth culture seemed instead to value intelligence, and to engage with the inescapable constants of existence. The music was disturbing and sometimes shocking, but it was unafraid and complex in contrast to the polished illusion of pop, that seemed in danger of shattering at any second. […]

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