This Dan Ozzi article on Straight Edge is pretty perfect and a lot of how I feel about my semi-SXE lifestyle.
When my friends started drinking at 12 I didn’t cause alcoholism runs in my family and my dad had some problems and my parents always stressed not drinking. It’s sort of weird thinking about it now but it seemed like a really long time from 12-14 when I would get made fun of for not drinking like my cooler tween friends. But when I was 14 I found out about Straight Edge.
Minor Threat wrote songs about not drinking and doing drugs and having causal sex because you are fucking up your life and not getting interesting shit done. Finally I had a good reason that I didn’t drink. I found a way to be “cool” and not drink warm Budweiser that my friends had stolen from their parents. I was Straight Edge.
I was a punk kid and hated most hardcore so I mostly just hung out with punk kids that drank and did drugs and all that shit. It was a personal choice for me and most of my friends excepted it. It wasn’t until I was 18 and 19 and started listening to a lot more hardcore straight edge stuff and I started hanging out with more straight edge kids.
Turns out straight edge kids are fucking assholes. These guys almost all jocks that somehow made a wrong turn somewhere. Just total bros who just wanted to get into my face because I ate meat or hung out with kids who got fucked up all the time. I have no fucking clue what eating meat has to do with straight edge and I don’t know why the hell you need to tell other people to live their life. That shit was bullshit.
When I was 19 when I dropped the label straight edge because I didn’t want to be associated with those assholes.
Somewhere along the line I got addicted to women and it certainly became a crutch in my life. I think that it’s honestly a real problem for me and I understand why casual sex was one of the original tenements of straight edge. For some reason no straight edge kids pay attention to that one… they replaced it with meat and Advil or some bullshit.
Anyway, this is rambling and unorganized but I still have those same straight edge values that I had at 14 (except for the women thing, god dammit). I drink on rare occasions and I have tried a few drugs in my life and under the right situation I might do some more, but these things don’t control my life. They don’t fuck up my life.
To me straight edge should be about personal choice and it should be about moderation. And these bros that want to start a fight about it or bomb a McDonalds can go fuck themselves.