I really love logging in every day and reading all your comments - you guys are so awesome! I'm getting about 250 hits on average every day now (up from 40 a day in November when I started blogging here), which means I'm getting a very big head... also, 47 followers! OK, OK, so Adora BatBrat has like a thousand, but considering I'm just a random teenage Goth girl from Suburbia I think that's kind of impressive. =)
Although, I do have to check up on some people from the old Piczo site who have noticeably not commented on this new blog - where are you guys? Are you still here? I'm talking to Laurel from The Butterfly In The Belljar (another Australian Goth, and yes, two Laurels, it's a little confusing what with two Amys as well...); ZombeeGrrl, whom last I heard was engaged; Claire aka Miss Murder aka Ivory, my first friend on Piczo; and Chloe from Scotland, who still e-mails every now and again.
You have been warned, everyone, if you comment and chat to me a lot I will get worried if you suddenly vanish into the ether of cyberspace and I WILL check up on you. Drop me a comment, please, chaps, if you're still reading. =)
Now, here's one of my patented Angry Goth Rants. I don't really have much to add to this one, other than to invite discussion on why people feel it is appropriate to teach their children intolerance and bigotry.
This is a rant in particular about the behaviour of small children and the inbuilt mentality of society. Let me give you a few examples.
The first negative comment I ever got about the way I dressed was from a kid who couldn't have been more than ten years old. Seriously, when I was ten years old, I didn't even know what swear words were, never mind how to use them. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned...?
I was walking back from town with a couple of female friends (one Goth, one non-Goth), when a group of boys aged about seven or eight - there were about ten of them - started throwing stones at us, calling my Goth friend and I "Fucking emos." And I'm not talking chips of gravel here. I'm talking great big lumps of brick. We could have really been hurt.
When I went to a local park with one of my non-Goth friends, I was sworn at and shouted at ("Fucking emo, Goth bitch", etc) by a group of seven-to-ten-year-olds, and eventually we had to leave because it was just getting too annoying.
Why is this so-called 'modern' society still being governed by neanderthal values - y'know, the good old 'if it's different, it must be dangerous and therefore we should make it either change or go away'. Why are kids brought up thinking, "If someone isn't like me, it's OK to swear at them/throw stones at them/beat them up"?
When I was a kid, my friends and I were taught that you shouldn't be rude to people just because they're different - for any reason, whether they're black, white, old, young, disabled, or whether they just happen to be wearing black - because they still have feelings, which can be hurt. Are kids not taught this any more - or have we created a society in which they just don't care because the only things that matter are I, Me and Mine?
Oh, and if it comes to that, why is it now OK for so-called adults to verbally abuse and even occasionally physically attack children and teenagers - just for being Goth? Like the twelve-year-old who had stones thrown at her by an adult Baptist church congregation because she was wearing black and carrying a Stephen King book. Tell me that isn't sick.
And what about comments like the one my mother overheard about me when we checked into a hotel on holiday last year? A man was saying to a younger boy who was with him, "Look at that girl, she's got a ring in her nose. She must have come from a pig farm." If adults are saying this kind of thing to children, then that's the kind of close-minded, bigoted mentality that these children are going to grow up with.
I dread to think what life is going to be like for us alternatives in ten years time.