Sunday, January 15, 2006

R U Emo?

I learned a new term this weekend. I gave a baby shower (yes, that would be my second this week but the other was for the Sarcastic Journalist ) for a friend's daughter and ended up having 21 people plus 5 college kids. Yes, my house was packed to the gills and rockin'.

My college age son came in from the gameroom scrounging for leftover baby shower food and somehow we ended up talking about kids who are "Emo." You've heard of goths and punks, right? Well, now there is Emo. Its been around awhile but obviously, I am a totally out of it, non emo-ing mom.

  • Click to see an EMO then click on the boy and the girl to see how to be emo.
  • One of my friend's daughters at the shower started saying how everyone is emo. That's when I realized she IS EMO herself. She has the blonde streaked hair hanging over one eye, wears very different and very interesting outfits, most which have a black theme. Don't get me wrong, she looks good cuz it all goes together and somehow works on her. But, don't watch for this over the hill momma to be going emo anytime soon.

    My son said that these are the kids who are "emotional" about everything. They listen to emotional "my boyfriend/girlfriend left me" music and then cry and whine about how their parents bought them a Lexus instead of a BMW. Boy, that is sad. Emo's wear lots of make-up (guys too, but they are not gay necessarily).

    No one over the age of 25 knew what Emo was when we started the conversation but every junior high kid there did. I also knew there was a Generation Gap but always prided myself on being on the "right" side of it. When you have become uncool, do you ever really realize it?


    • My daughter described "emo" to me as "boys who wear girl's pants." And all I could think was, gosh, that has to be uncomfortable, given how tight the pants for teen girls are (I assume it's teen-girl's pants, not middle-aged-woman girl's pants).

      By Blogger The Gradual Gardener, at 1/15/2006 2:12 PM  

    • Never, ever heard of it. By the time my boys are teens I am going to be so far behind. Thanks for the education.

      By Blogger Ditsy Chick, at 1/15/2006 2:33 PM  

    • I realized that I had become uncool about 10 years ago. Actually, I realized at the same time that I had never really been that cool to begin with.

      But that's OK. I just let my freak flag fly anyway. Cool is overrated.

      By Blogger The Queen Mama, at 1/15/2006 2:58 PM  

    • Yeah...I know all about Emo. Thank goodness none of my kids are into it, though. Up here, a lot of kids who are or try to be Emo are also in garage bands. Black hair/nails, heavy makeup, skin that looks as though you were raised in a very dark room with no exposure to sunlight. We used to call that "Death Warmed Over".

      By Blogger wordgirl, at 1/15/2006 3:01 PM  

    • EMO= Rich kids who try to act whiny and poor. Will eventually go to private college and beg for money on the street before driving said Lexus back to the private dorm.

      SJ wants to kick EMO ass.

      PS I didnt know what it was, but recognized it the second I saw it.

      By Anonymous sarcastic journalist, at 1/15/2006 4:59 PM  

    • When I was in high school we called it punk. In college, we called it PIB (people in black). Same statement, different name. Bless their hearts, they haven't figured out that being "different" in a group is not different than mainstream.

      By Blogger Shrinking Violet, at 1/15/2006 6:00 PM  

    • I'm so not with it. I'd never heard of that in my life. Thanks for making me a little more hip.

      By Blogger Renee, at 1/15/2006 10:36 PM  

    • hey...I just wanted to comment on EMO...Its a strange occurance...EMO kids don't admit that they are EMO...they point out other kids (who look just like them) and say that they are EMO. Apparently EMO is taboo. Someone once said its like being a democrat ten years could be one but you didnt talk about it. I can't relate to that though as I'm only 23. My 19 y/o brother is EMO. He wears womens jeans, but he claims its for when he's BMXing (riding his bike) and he wears shirts that are too tight, has half a sleeve of tattoos, and has plugs in his ears. The upside of having an EMO brother...he's a good kid...he cares about other people and he respects his friends and family. EMO girls are harder to explain...

      By Anonymous Stephanie, at 1/16/2006 9:09 AM  

    • There goes my idea about opening a "Church of Cool." Cause evidently I'm NOT. I've never heard of this before. Although I recognized the style right off. I'm 22 and totally out of the loop. I blame it on Florida. It's all Ska and skater here. ;)

      By Blogger Tink, at 1/16/2006 10:20 AM  

    • As for uncool? I was uncool and out of the loop all through public school, so--by now--I'm used to it. It never stops being an awful feeling, though.

      By Blogger wordgirl, at 1/16/2006 11:17 AM  

    • Hey, Debbie! Give it up for POP TARTS! ;)

      I'm so unhip and out of it. EMO? Never heard of it. When I first read this I thought it said Elmo and I was like, "Yeah, I know who Elmo is." LOL!

      By Blogger mama_tulip, at 1/16/2006 2:07 PM  

    • Oh, fuck. How is it that I've managed to get this old?

      Glad I'm not the only one who thought it was a misspelling of "Elmo."

      By Blogger Arabella, at 1/16/2006 2:59 PM  

    • Yeah I thought "Elmo" too. Ha. I've seen those kids everywhere, I just called it "punk" or "goth" or something, I didn't know it had a name that was different or that it actaully meant something!! Plus- I hate the "heart" thing. I see it EVERYWHERE, especially the blogosphere. I don't heart burritos, okay? I LOVE burritos. I LOVE motorcycles. Of course, in English, we use the term "love" in about nine different ways. In Greek there are different words for each degree of "like", all the way up to "love" which is AGAPE, a word most people should recognize.

      By Anonymous Nilla, at 1/23/2006 6:49 PM  

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