Well, as a self-respecting Elder Goth who has been part of the scene since our Unholy Godmother of Goth, Siouxsie Sioux, parted ways with the Sex
Pistols, and our Faerie Godfather of Goth, Peter Murphy, founded Bauhaus back in the late 70's, I would like to say that the site was both offensive
but also amazingly humorous. I'm not sure whether I should despise them or send a deluge of visitors to their site to enjoy the mirth.
Despite all their misinformation, they were right about Goths practicing pre-marital sex (Gasp! Horrors!). Matter of fact, if it weren't for hawt
Goth chics that I wanted to have pre-marital sex with, I would have never initially became Goth back when I was a batling.
Goths aren't Emo. Goths aren't Twilight Vampire Wannabes. Goths aren't Heavy Metal Heads (unless you're a Norwegian Goth). Most of all Goths
aren't violent despite our penchant for wearing Combat Boots for every occasion (matter of fact, the reason why the Gothic Sub-culture started in
the first place was because they were part of the early Punk Scene but were more interested in the pursuit of Beauty and Truth rather than the Anarchy
and Violence that were becoming common in the Punk Scene of the late 70's
). And certainly Goths come in all shapes, sizes and Religious
Persuasion. Sure, there are Goths who are Wiccan and Neo-Pagan, but there are also Christian Goths and Catholic Goths, and even Pythagorian Goths and
Goths aren't even about the Music. Nor are Goths about the Fashion. However, what is at the root of the Gothic Sub-Culture is the Abnegation of
Societal Norms. It is a denial of the Outer to look deeper into the Inner. This is why Goths traditionally wear Black. We wear it like a uniform, for
all the same reasons Johnny Cash sang about in "Man in Black". Most of all Goths are about seeking Beauty and Truth in all things, even in those
people, places, and things that are cast aside by Mainstream Society. That is why you'll find us haunting Cemeteries with a book of prose by Shelley
or Keats tucked into our pocket, or accepting of anyone not because of their looks or their social status, or their wealth or lack thereof, or their
religion, but because of who they are on the inside.
However, if I had to be self-critical of Goths, I would have to confess that I have never met a single one that wasn't guilty of Manifest Decadence.
We do love our Velvets and Laces (along with our Vinyl and Leather), as well as our Cloves and Port, fine Crystal, Silver and Jewels, Corsetry, and
Beautiful People. We are just as guilty as the French Aristocracy was for that. Evil we are not, however. Misunderstood most definitely, but
definitely not malicious or with malign intentions being that we can be subdued (and seduced) most easily by the sound of Violin or Cello.
Alas, Goths have become a bad Sit-Com Stereotype since the Media jumped on Columbine and mis-claimed those Mansonites to be "Goth". I suppose that
shall forever be the Cross that all Goths must bear forevermore.