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Friday, 25 November 2011

Goth problems

  1. People who think your workplace is a zoo, and that it is perfectly acceptable behaviour to comment on you, nudge their friends and point at you whilst discussing your outfit, piercings and hairstyle loud enough for half the high street to hear, or - as I have begun experiencing since I changed my hair colour - touching you. I was summoned by a coworker to answer a question as I was standing in as manager; the woman with the query broke off mid-sentence and started grabbing at my hair. I just stood still in shock whilst she put her hands FAR too close to my face for my personal comfort. Seriously, would YOU do that to a shop manager you don't know from Adam?
  2. By the time you're dressed in corset, three layers of ripped tights, two petticoats, bustle, overskirt, blouse, collar, gloves, jewellery, and top hat, the make-up you just spent two hours getting just right has run down your face.
  3. "Is that hair/tattoo/piercing real?" is not an annoying question in itself. Until you hear it five hundred times a day, every day. THEN you just want to scream, "No! I stencil it on every morning just to get attention from people like you! I am THAT starved for excitement in my life!"
  4. Getting grounded because you accidentally dyed the bathroom tiles green.
  5. Long, pointy nails tend to break way, way down the nail. Which hurts. A lot.
  6. Having old people pull their grandchildren away from you or cover their eyes. Offensive AND embarrassing.
  7. When you go to church, the sermon mentions 'sinners' or 'heathens' and old ladies start staring at you and muttering.
  8. Trying to convince that drunken redneck that despite the skirt, long hair and make-up, you are actually in possession of a set of testicles.
  9. When working in retail, you occasionally meet people who will refuse to be served by 'the devil worshipper'.
  10. The above is made worse when you ring in their purchases and discover that the total is £6.66. You will not easily forget the horror on their face. (True story.)
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33 comments:

Tenebris In Lux said...

I have a lot of those problems x-S Especially the touching one. I was actually wearing a really fuzzy black top not too long ago and all of my classmates wouldn't stop petting me. It was creepy. Not to mention when people pull at your hair and ask if it's real or not -_-

ultimategothguide said...

I get that a lot now! I always wonder where they think I got such a DAMN realistic wig...

Louise said...

If you replace 'grounded' for ' yelled at, then angrily thrown a cloth", four is the story of my life. XD

Anonymous said...

It is really annoying when people keep tugging my hair... especially since i wear a wig...

Madamoiselle Schakal said...

oh well i had these kind of problems too. i remember i was asked "what are you" and i said a good answer like"i am the things some a____s like you ask me what i am" he was shocked but many many times he was teasing me and i told about my choice so ok...I never gave attention but i was annoyed and younger(15 years old) so i stopped even ignoring him.Once i asked him how was his studies and he was even more shocked! sometimes kindness makes wonders and shows your true level.
About hair i remember i was from the first girls i did red higlights and i was teased...:/ but ok :P now i have a beautiful cherry red that i adore and no one tells me anything coz i dont make the mistakes i did when i was babybat! ^^
But anyway.having all these soooo OFTEN makes you tired or even lose your confidence(if you are a babybaT)
thanks god you made this blog and we can all unite our commons :) (congratulations again.)

ultimategothguide said...

Anon - I often wonder if the hair-pullers have considered the fact that the person with unusual hair actually MIGHT be wearing a wig. It's incredibly rude to start pulling a stranger's hair as it is, but to do it because you think they're wearing a wig is incredibly stupid - because if they ARE, and you pull it off, then you could embarrass or upset them and make yourself look like a total twat. At least for those of us who have dyed hair it's just irritating.

I realise this is basically what you said, except more long-winded.

But again, if you think someone is wearing a wig, WHY on EARTH would you go up and start pulling on it? I just don't get that. :-/

ultimategothguide said...

Madamoiselle Schakal - thank you! :-)

Rora Monroe said...

My problem is getting asked if A piercing/tattoo hurt. oh nnnoooo geting a big needle shoved through your skin or a needle draged into your skin for a couple hours doesnt hurt at all. You would think people would learn by now.

Rora Monroe said...

My problem is getting asked if A piercing/tattoo hurt. oh nnnoooo geting a big needle shoved through your skin or a needle draged into your skin for a couple hours doesnt hurt at all. You would think people would learn by now.

Bane said...

I got hair questions almost daily when I worked in retail. With waist-length black hair, I got, "Is that all your real hair?" To which I would answer, "Yes, I grew it myself."

With purple hair, I got, "How did you get your hair that color?" To my stock answer of "hair dye," I once had a Queen of Obvious respond, "They make hair dye that color?" :-/

When I settled into an office job where I was seeing the same people every day, the questions stopped. Mostly it was a relief, but sometimes it felt like something was missing.

jessicadawn said...

urgh...i have a few problems at church :/ i hardly wear any make up and i'm usually just in jeans and a plain top haha but i've still had a few sermons actually aimed at me - i can tell by the way he was looking straight at me - and some people even turned round and stared -.- hmm not awkward at all :/ and just in case i didn't get it i got a private talking to at the end on the evils of witchcraft and band t-shirts...

Anonymous said...

At my school the girls have to wear skirts, tights, and blouses when they give a presentation.

So I have people comment on how hard my classes are, since I obviously give presentations everyday.

GothPocket said...

My favorite is the $6.66 one haha.

Le Professeur Gothique said...

As you may know NYC is crawling with tourists now that we are in the throes of the holiday season. I was sitting on the ferry going from Manhattan to Staten Island (where I live) and actually had a bunch of Italian tourists try to take my photo. I overheard on say, "oooo Goth! * and then some stuff in Italian*" I was ENRAGED and told them that I wasn't a tourist attraction, chasing them away ... then I realized that they were trying again. I asked a police office to explain why taking photos of random people is rude and then walked away.

SO annoying.

BellaDonna said...

Some people are SOOOO stupid that it's just incredible they're able to live long enough to breed.

The first person to try grabbing MY hair would probably end up losing their fingers...

Dirgesinger said...

Lol, I have experienced many, but the last one I remember the best:) But something went wrong after I have sent him the Skyggedans from Satyricon because some times later he proposed to me:P

The other thing... I am tend to be stared at by people, but the kids are lovely. The girls say to their parents: "Look mum, how nice clothes she has!" and the expressions on the mums' faces are worthless:P

Maggie said...

Never had any problems with people trying to touch me - which is good, as I'm not very fond of physical contact. I do get a lot of piercing/tattoo questions, which I usually answer in a polite manner, but when I grow tired of them, it's an entirely different story... Oh, and I hate that pulling away and covering kids' eyes business that some adults do in my presence. It's offensive, not to mention very rude.

Anonymous said...

I get rude looks also. Once I was with my niece and I heard two women passing me mentioning my 'ruining a child' as if I was taking her to my cult and eating her.

And when I get asked if something is real in a rude manner, I respond "no, it's imaginary" in an even ruder one. I enjoy messing with people. :)

Joyce said...

I don't usually comment but...wow - it's like you've been following me...let's see:
1 - check, 9-6, M-F I'm corporate goth, and most of the time I keep my hair in a simple french twist. Casual Fridays, I wear it down ...and someone *will* put their hands in my hair saying, 'ooh your hair is so pretty.' (thanks - is there some reason you couldn't make that observation without touching me?)
2- wait until your in your forties. This was a problem when I was in jr high, high school, college and straight through 'til about two years ago when I hit *that* age. Now, I guarantee that if I don't have a hot flash (& sweating) while applying make-up, it will happen right before or immediately after. Sigh.
3- I also get (when I wear flares)- 'did you know you can see right through your ears?' (uh, yeah, that's the point.)
4 - My favourite: 'you get right back in there and do not come out until the counter is the same colour as when you went in.'
5 - yup - and that's why I stick to a much simpler manicure!
6 - it's wrong on so many levels...I always want to say something, but I know that will only make it worse.
7 - I wish I had heard 'sinner' & 'heathen' - I was told (and this is a real quote) 'you are not a child of God.'
8 - I went to a redneck school, so I guess I'm a little more used to this...and they were used to me. However, as a girl, I didn't have to prove the 'possession of testicles.' I did however regularly get accused of being 'frigid' and 'a lesbian' until it became clear that I was just more interested in studying than dating... anyone.
9 & 10 - I have never worked in retail so I have this problem in reverse - I can never get anyone to serve/wait on me. And, no, it is never made better when somehow my purchase rings up as $6.66 or $66.60, or so on.

And - as for the 'bonus' about the playlist I will never forget Christmas of 2000. I decorated the tree in a beautiful, traditional, and (I thought) understated colour scheme of burgundy & bronze and used a pale silver-pink garland to offset the burgundy. I thought it was absolutely beautiful but the (now ex-)husband looked at it and said (skeptically) "I don't know honey, it's rather.... gothic...don't you think?" It's been ten years and I still can't think of a response to that.

BlingPaula1 said...

Yeah, really known to me...but i have zo get used to it -.-

Anonymous said...

Number 4 made me laugh. My shower is permanently stained pink from all the years I've been dying my hair red, haha!

Urgh, the piercing one. What's even worse is when they decide to poke or pull at it with their grubby hands whilst they're asking if it's real. This is probably why some of my piercings took so long to heal. Douchebags.

Another one I have to add is tearing all the ligaments in your ankle whilst trying to run for the bus in platform shoes. Not pleasant at the time, kind of makes for a funny story now though. -__-

DEATH OF A RAVEN said...

It's just ignorance on the worlds part. Society has become somewhat blinded by a so-called truth. They have also become conditioned in that way, to be narrow-minded. They don't see beauty in all Gothic fashion etc. It's also because they cannot be different like us. I just see society as very very ignorant.

DEATH OF A RAVEN said...

I've had all this crap for years and years. People don't want you to be different. That's because they cannot do it themselves. It has become impossible for them, because they have become somewhat neurotypicalized by powermad idiots, that want to control the populace. They get a kick out of it, when they do it in front of their so-called friends. It's just a big drama to them. But it's a fake drama. Society is the illusion. The world is the illusion. Everything is an illusion.

Minakitty (Mary) said...

I've had the tourist photo session experience, but only when I'm in NYC. I'm not even from there, but walking along 8th I spotted a camera sticking out from a taxi window, so I yelled, "Don't you DARE take my picture you stupid tourist". A shopworker was cracking up and I winked to him and said "I'm a tourist too!".

On the flip side, I was in Chicago for the second Projekt festival, and a pair of policemen rode up in their car and asked our group,"Hey! If we run into Walgreen's to get a camera, can we take a picture with you? We'll give you a ride to the theater!". On the way, one of the officers mentioned that he went to school with Al Jourgensen. I wish I could say all photo ops were like this! :)

~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~ said...

19 is soooo true =D aha, and my sweetheart delete all the goth music i put in her mp3

Deva (Diva) said...

I dyed my hair not to long ago, and everyone kept asking if it was a wig. I just about went off. And, where is the best place to buy good quality goth clothing? MY parents are saying hot topic, and my friends are saying Ebay. Which one is better? Oh and I love your blog!

zephyr skye said...

this was uber-funny!

and then i realize we can laugh now but at some point it can happen... and it has before to others.

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you have a knack at this blogging thing, you know? *applauds*

by the way, how many of these have happened to you?

Daniel_8964 said...

6. Never happens to me, I occasionally smile at kids who look at me passing by. It may happen sometime in the future. Hope not though. I'll more likely ignore that if it happens.

9. Never happens to me other than common judgemental catcalls behind my back in the public.

Other numbers such as 1, 2 and 3 etc don't happen to me really along with the rest.

Shi said...

This made me laugh!

About 6, I find that rather than old people cover their eyes, they come and sit next to me on the train and tell me how much they love my outfit - it's so sweet! And kinda hilarious, because the business men won't sit near me, the teens won't, and paren't won't, so it's funny that the older people are "braver" than all the others!

And 7 - I went to a Catholic school, and once in Mass when the priest put the cross in oil on my forehead, it burned (I must have had a reaction to whatever was in the oil because it stayed red for days and really itched) - his expression at the time was priceless. It still makes me grin...

And 3 - after getting dreads for the first time, I'm kinda getting sick of that question too!

ultimategothguide said...

zephyr skye - all of them except seven and eight! >.<

ultimategothguide said...

Deva - I wouldn't bother too much with Hot Topic, the clothes are mostly low-quality and they are generally quite unoriginal; buying your entire wardrobe from Hot Topic is a BAD idea. eBay is good; try Etsy.com and charity shops/thrift stores also.

Ashlee said...

Ugh. That tumblr. I remember they had one about how annoying it is when people consider you a poseur because you don't like or listen to Goth music.

Hot Topic is even worse. I bought two things from them: a pair of tights and a choker. The necklace broke the second time I wore it and the tights didn't have much, if any, elastic. W.T.F. And their "goth" clothes just look really cheap and trashy.

On topic, my biggest problems are people asking questions like "how many tattoos do you have?", acting as if you like weird clothes because you like the attention, and general annoying hair questions.

Katherine :) said...

Some old lady pulled her dog away from me and tried to quickly walk away like i was going to eat her dog. I wasn't even wearing anything eccentric, I'd toned it down because I was going for a long walk on a hot day.

Irony is...I'm actually a Vegetarian :P

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