This is not what I intended to post today, but the gorgeous KatySioux over at Dreams of Black Lace posted a list of stereotypically Goth things that she's just not into and I thought this was a great idea. Please budge over and make some room for me on your bandwagon, thanks. ^^
As Katy said, this is all personal opinion, so please don't take this as 'OMG these things are BAD' or 'OMG if you like these things you are NOT GOTH' - we all have aspects of the scene we're not keen on and I don't think there's any harm in that. No offense is intended in any way. :-)
Gore photoshoots can look fantastic, and sure, I'd love to go on a zombie walk, but I tend to find anything with excessive blood and guts, particularly movies, more disturbing than entertaining. What can I say, I have a weak stomach. My tastes run more towards creepy, cute and whimsical than dark, bloody and scary - I guess everyone's different. I have no problem with a bit of artistic blood splatter (fake, FYI, concerned parents) but for me there is definitely such a thing as too much.
As previously discussed there is a big stereotype around Goths and drugs, particularly speed, and yes, in some cases this is probably true. Although I have to say I don't see it a great deal these days; the majority of Goths I speak to on this subject either did drugs wayyy back in the late 80s/early 90s and have long since quit, or have never had much of a particular interest. Either way, drug-taking is a personal choice, and as I tend to keep saying NOT a prerequisite or in any way a part of Goth culture - it's just something that some Goths do. Anyway, I don't care how many of the cool kids had a good time on speed or acid in the early days of the scene, it's not for me.
Ditto smoking; there are plenty of Goth smokers and again a big stereotype about this - particularly clove cigarettes, usually the Goth smoke of choice (they're black) - but it's not something I choose to do. I have tried it, and whilst I actually don't mind the taste or smell (possibly I'm weird) it's expensive and I don't want yellow teeth when I'm older.
3) Yarn falls
I'm with KatySioux on this one; I love dread falls, tube falls, foam falls, synthetic hair falls... but yarn falls? I've just never seen a pair that didn't look a bit - or a lot - tacky. If I wanted to tie some wool to my head I would go to Double Discount and buy some, not pay £££ on Etsy. But maybe I am just looking at the wrong shops.
4) Sunglasses indoors
I'm sure there are some people who can do this and look cool, but for the most part it tends to make you look extraordinarily pretentious. Anyway, I could never do this without walking into things, especially on club nights. Sunglasses and a smoke machine? Are you people insane?
5) 'Extreme' body mods
Silicone horns, tongue splitting, permanent fangs and even the relatively common styles like gauges look awesome on other people, but again it's not something I personally would choose. I find them fascinating on others though.