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05 January 2012

How to convert poseurs to real goths!

I found this while surfing the internet randomly and I'd like to share with you this mini-guide found on wikihow on how to convert your wannabe-goth friend into a real one.

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Isn't she stunning beautiful? :D



"Let us say you know someone who claims to be a Goth while being rather uneducated as to what it means to be one, assuming bands like Evanescence and books such as Vampire Kisses are the height of goth. She isn't bad, simply uneducated. If you are willing to go through a bit of work, you can educate this poseur on what gothic culture truly is, and rather than being a poseur, she could be a genuine goth - or, at the very least, know what a genuine goth is.


1-This typically only works if you already are a real goth, or at least know the ins and outs of gothic culture... so if you don't know much about the gothic subculture, music, fashion, etc. you should either work on that or give up now.


2-Become her friend. Even if she seems kind of dorky to you, act like she is fairly cool. She happens to be ignorant of the culture, not necessarily a stupid person in general and certainly not inferior.


3- Say you heard an awesome band called Sisters of Mercy, and that Andrew Eldritch's voice reminds you of the lead singer from HIM. If she likes HIM, of course. When she gets excited, offer to burn her a CD. See if she shows interest.


4-If she does show interest, continue to have her listen to other goth bands through burning her a CD, having her listen on your MP3 player or just putting on one of their albums while you two are hanging out. Take her out and buy some goth music together. You might even want to buy an album or two as a gift, if you're willing to spend money.


5-Now that she has the basics of Goth music, you may want to work on her clothes. See which type of goth she likes best, then take her out and find some clothes which fit the category (or categories) of goth she fits into the most. Obviously, this may be done with a male poseur as well. Perhaps you should just start out by finding her a nice Alien Sex Fiend T-shirt, and keep going from there. Don't dictate her entire wardrobe, just send her in the right direction so she'll be able to choose better for herself. Considering the clothes don't make the person, they are not incredibly important in whether or not someone happens to be goth, but simply something to think about if you wish.


6-We've have music and clothes... what about literature? She may like Vampire Kisses and Twilight, seeing them as goth, but has never heard of this Lord Byron fellow. The books you suggest she reads should be based on what she already likes. If she enjoys Stephen King's horror, she should try H.P Lovecraft. If she prefers the Vampire Kisses books or other vampire novels, perhaps Anne Rice and Bram Stoker would be good starting points. For the poseur who doesn't read because she thinks it isn't cool (or simply hates it) buy a comic, like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, graduate to Sandman, then graduate to Poppy Z. Brite, then graduate to the more mind-opening gothic reading material.


7-Finally, film. In many cases, poseurs tend to watch slasher flicks, anything by Tim Burton... and not much else. Consider The Hunger, Queen of the Damned, Nosferatu, The Craft, and of course, Rocky Horror Picture Show... if you're already into gothic culture, you probably already know.

8-Throughout this process, the most important aspect is not necessarily the entertainment and certainly not the fashion. The most important step is to ensure she is educated on Goth's philosophical view. The Black Aesthetic, the separation from the mainstream, embracing things which most people simply ignore... the philosophical side of Goth is far better than the side which is all black candles and cool music with an excellent bassline. It is a beautiful thing, and she needs to realize this above all else.


9-If you are so inclined, you may follow up with some new decor for her room, interesting hobbies or a trip to a gothic club. This is up to you, however; this article covers the necessities of educating her a bit on the culture of Goth, and getting rid of her poseur tendencies.


10-And now, the final step: change more poseurs! The pretenders amongst the Goth subculture are precisely what is ruining it, and need to be either educated or removed from this scene. Considering that educating them is an easier option, it's probably the best way. With every poseur you convert, you're helping the subculture. Change as many as you possibly can.


WARNINGS:

♥Don't tell her she is a poseur during the process of changing her. This is pointless and would only make her angry.

♥ Never, ever seem like you're forcing it onto her - keep it very natural.
♥It's fine if she wants to keep her Evanescence CDs... just make sure she does not mistake that type of band as goth and knows what real goth music is.
♥Also, if she's into this because she has depression, is suicidal, cutting herself, etc., get her professional help as soon as you can. You might be saving her life. In addition, depression isn't a good reason to go into the Gothic subculture."


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