A Study of Gothic Subculture: an Inside Look for Outsiders
I was half disturbed and half amused when I first saw the sensationalistic way that the media has portrayed the Gothic subculture. In response, I wanted to offer a thorough examination of Goth in all forms, on all levels, aimed at people who are in no way familiar with it. I have done extensive research on the subject; and I have been a part of the culture for sixteen years. I want to represent a realistic view of Goth to eliminate some misconceptions. It's a complex entity that can't be fully represented by simple answers. Use the Table of Contents or Search feature below to find out more. If you still have questions not covered in this site, or if you would like to share your own ideas about gothic culture, visit the Message Board. For those of you Goths reading this site, feel free to explore and add your views to the message board. If you like it, please link to it or make a donation. However, I want to emphasize that this site was not created for Goths.
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I do not claim to represent the true, correct, objective or definitive answer about Goth. It would be impossible to do so because of its ambiguity, the many differences of opinion and conflicting information, as well as the measure of individual interpretation and creation that is essential to Goth. Keep in mind that any generalizations made about Goth are likely to never be entirely correct. There are many statements made here which should be prefaced by "Most Goths," "My observation leads me to believe," or "As a general tendency." Because I have omitted those qualifiers from the text, do not assume that any statement made is universally true.
© , July 29, 1997. Gratitude to Ian Leicht and Alan Moss for their help.