It really infuriates me how everyone has to label people. When it comes down to it, people are just people. I like the punk style, so I like to
implement some "punk" elements into my own personal style (ripped, stitched up pants, colors that don't match, studs, etc.) and so people label me
as a conformist to the punk culture. Aren't I just pursuing what I favor as an individual? Isn't purposefully refraining from styles like "punk"
or "goth" conforming to the supposedly "non-conformist" group? It's such a paradox. If you like those styles as an individual, then how is
dressing them being conformist when you're just doing what you want to do?! Then I tell people that I don't believe in identity and labels, and they
look at my clothes and laugh, calling me a hipocrite.
"Punk" was originally supposed to be about fighting all that [stuff] anyways. It was about individualizing your dress, dying your hair the
color you wanted it, etc. It pisses me off how the self-proclaimed "non-conformists" just categorize punk as another clique for the kids, when they
don't even know what punk is supposed to be about. Yeah, you have the kids who will only wear "authentic punk vintage clothing" and stuff, who are
just another consumerist buying into [poopy] but when you look at stuff like anarcho-punk, the artists use different kinds of sounds, instruments, and
don't really fit into one style of music (except their common beliefs about the world) but each have different views on how to make the world a
better place. Some practice veganism, others feminism, others just plain anti-authority and anti-capitalism, but they dress the way they want to
dress and believe what they want to believe.
The only "posers" are the people who call other people posers. They make it just another commodity on the market. "You're not punk rock unless
you buy doc marten combat boots you [gosh darned] poser!" Give me a break, any true non-conformist "punk" would just wear whatever footwear they
But then again, "not conforming" is a form of conforming, and me labelling people as "conformist" is being really
Anyways, people need to stop categorizing human beings, we are all PEOPLE!!! The concept of social groups is just another imagined creation that
doesn't physically exist in reality.
[edited out vulgarity and censor circumvention -nygdan]
[edit on 8-1-2006 by Nygdan]