What the heck is Emo?
By definition at Urban Dictionary
Emo is the genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who dont smile, high pitched overwrought lyrics and inaudible guitar rifts with tight wool sweaters, tighter jeans, itchy scarfs (even in the summer), ripped chucks with favorite bands signature, black square rimmed glasses, and ebony greasy unwashed hair that is required to cover at least 3/5 ths of the face at an angle.
This weekend joeymoggie got an obsene amount of hits for people doing searches for Emo. They were brought to my post about “Emo Kitty“, which I posted last week many of my search terms were centered around “Emo Kitties” – being as that I blog about cats ALOT I guess that is how they found their way here. Or perhaps it was my post about Rachel Ray and EVOO
I recieved several emails from Emos who where upset that I was making fun of them. I apologise to all the Emos, I feel for you, the world really is out to get you. Either way, to my email emos, I explained that I did a google images search for “emo kitty” the pictures I used were what came up in that search. . . there aren’t many pictures which incorporate both CATS and EMO.
Anyways, the whole emo phenomenon facinates me. I had several friends in highschool who dressed “goth”. For me at least the difference between the people I’ve met who partake in both different subcultures is that Goth did it because it made them feel comfortable, Emo does it because everyone else does. Perhaps, as mentioned, I might have this opinion because I was friends with Goths, I only know Emos.
When referring to a person’s personality and attitude, most definitions of emo hold that an “emo person” is candid about their emotions, sensitive, shy, introverted, broken-hearted, glum, and often quiet.confusion, depression, loneliness, and anger, all resulting from the world’s inability to understand the author. Emo poetry uses a combination of any of: a highly emotional tone, stream of consciousness writing, a simple ( Emo personality is also often connected with writing poetry, which addresses ABAB) or nonexistent rhyme scheme, references to the flesh, especially the heart, heavy use of dark or depressing adjectives, concern over the mutability of time and/or love, and disregard for punctuation, grammar, and/or spelling. Themes such as life is pain are common.
Some definitions of emo hold that typical “emo persons” are likely to inflict self-injury, most often by means of cutting, burning, or otherwise mutilating themselves.  Some assert that it is cool within the emo subculture to pretend to be suicidal and self-harm, or that participants self-harm purely for personal enjoyment.
In the years since emo music’s rise in popularity, both emo music and emo subculture have attracted sometimes severe criticism. The term emo itself is sometimes used pejoratively, to suggest that the target is “overly emotional.” Emo in general has been characterised as a fad which will be discarded and forgotten in the near future. Emo music has also been compared to the teen pop of 1990s boy bands. Critics cast the music as lacking any artistic merit, the fashion as “embarrassing” and members of the subculture as imagining or pretending that they lead harsh, painful lives when they actually live in comfortable, upper- to middle class homes. Members of the emo subculture are portrayed by critics as melodramatic, self-pitying teenagers who pour their efforts into writing bad poetry and spend too much time on MySpace. The current emo subculture has been called a “sad caricature” of what it once was. Critics have gone so far as to contend that the emo subculture or emo music are likely to cause youth to commit suicide. The backlash against emo music and subculture has become so prevalent that it may itself have become a cliché: one commentator notes that “hating emo kids these days is as hackneyed as emo itself.”
I’m not sure I understand the draw of Emo, and how one decides to be Emo. Much of the reading I’ve done about Emo says that the music and trends seem to follow the movement, rather than the movement following and evolving from music and trends. In short, it appears as if music and fashion are being created to be sold to the Emos. . . its almost like Emo was created as a niche consumerism tactic. . .
So, all you little Emos out there. . . .tell me. . . . what the heck is Emo and why are you Emo. I really want to know!