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I'm in such a good mood... I wore my stripy bustle skirt to work today, and will be going to see Panic! at the Disco in April with my friends Bronwyn, Rowenna and Shirley. We also found out that some of our other friends are planning to go, so this is looking like major fun. =D
Please be prepared to see my horrible handwriting soon, as Stephanie has tagged me with another meme. o.O
On to today's topic: I recently re-read an article in one of my old issues of Bite Me magazine with the header, "Why do so many Goths collect My Little Pony?" As an avid My Little Pony collector (I have over four hundred of them, along with thousands of accessories, books, videos, cassettes, T-shirts, home decor, and basically anything and everything you can think of related to My Little Pony) I was intrigued. I haven't actually met another pony-collecting Goth and was surprised to learn that it was so common.
The article was written semi-jokingly (it finished with a confrontation between My Little Pony and Vlad Tepes), but did throw up the intriguing theory that Goths use their appearance to express and represent their own 'dark side', and so many of them also like to have something to externally represent their 'lighter side' - in this instance, My Little Pony. I thought this might explain the prevalence of so many 'spooky-cute' Goth-beloved things like sparkly bats and pink accents, as well as styles like glitter Goth and perkygoth, which could be said to effectively represent the 'light' and 'dark' at the same time.
Many Goths do seem to have a strong fondness for lighter, brighter things (although, in Goth fashion, these are sometimes used ironically), such as rave kandy jewellery (often seen layered on at festivals, channelling the Japanese 'decora' fashion), Hello Kitty, cute or kitsch accessories including wings and cat ears, and (again at festivals) even comedy 'character' backpacks or handbags are quite a common sight (I have a fluffy bat handbag, and until recently I also had a little dog).
Even musically, almost every Goth has some guilty pleasures, usually from the realms of pop, dance, or R&B.
So could there be some truth in this theory? Are Goths who make no secret of their affection for bright, cheerful things as well as all that is ooky-spooky using self-expression to symbolise the dual nature of humanity? Or do they just like pretty things?
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