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Straight Edge praised in new doco.

Postby Horus » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:22 am

Documentary shows group's commitment to way of life
By Jaclyn O'Malley
jomalley@rgj.com
April 8, 2008

No drinking, no smoking, no drugs or promiscuous sex
-- for life.


That is the commitment and personal philosophy of
those who identify as Straight Edge, a growing
worldwide youth movement and subculture where punk
rock music typically bonds participants together.

The Reno-Sparks Straight Edge scene, estimated to be a
few hundred strong, is being showcased in an April 9
television documentary on the National Geographic
Channel. In the program, local Straight Edge
followers, police and a sociologist who is Straight
Edge discuss the lifestyle and the splinter faction of
militant members, who in 2005 were classified as gang
members by the Regional Gang Unit.

Local police say the criminal activities of about 25
identified Straight Edge gang members have increased
slightly since they were deemed a criminal street gang
about three years ago. Their violence is seen mostly
through fights and threats, police said.

But many Straight Edge members treat the group as a
way of life instead of a way of violence.

"I'm Straight Edge for the fact of its philosophy of
living life unaltered and not dealing with life in an
altered state of mind," said Brandon McGrath, 26, of
Reno. "I don't use alcohol or drugs as an excuse to
get by."

McGrath, a McQueen High graduate, became Straight Edge
at 13 after hearing about it from friends and in
music. He said many people didn't know about Straight
Edge.

"It starts when you are young and looking to identify
with things," he said. "I liked the band Earth Crisis,
and they were singing about things like animal
liberation and controversial things. It was uplifting
to learn and experience with open eyes things that
were happening in our society that I didn't know about
just going to middle school."

Now, he said, Straight Edge seems like it's become
more of a trend than a philosophy to some people.

"When you call yourself Straight Edge, it comes with
an unwritten lifetime commitment," he said. "It's my
own personal construct to live by, and it did open
doors for me and allowed me to play music."

McGrath is in the Reno band 1618 with Jeromy
Ainsworth, 26, of Reno. Ainsworth became Straight Edge
in middle school.

"Back then, most kids smoked and stuff and got on my
case because I didn't do any of it," Ainsworth said.
"I liked the freedom from having some type of
addiction. I grew up in Sun Valley and saw a lot of
drugs and how lives were ruined. I didn't want to end
up like that."

The best attribute of being involved with Straight
Edge is that it gives Ainsworth self respect, he said.
At Reed High School, he said, he was involved in more
than a dozen fights after football players at parties
didn't like his clean living.

"I man up to my decisions, and if I do something, I
can't blame it on being drunk or drink away my
problems," he said.


Why Straight Edge

Ross Haenfler, a University of Mississippi assistant
professor of sociology, wrote the book "Straight Edge:
Clean Living Youth, Hard Core Punk and Social Change"
based on his eight-year study of Straight Edge.
Haenfler, 34, who is Straight Edge, interviewed many
of the local followers in the documentary and offers
his insight on the program.

Because there is no leader or list of members,
Haenfler said it's hard to determine the number of
local followers, known as "Straight Edge Kids."

He said there are tens of thousands of Straight Edge
identifiers in the international movement. The
originators are now in their mid-40s, he said.

Reno did not appear on the Straight Edge radar until a
few years ago when news reports documented escalating
violence and its gang classification, he said.

"Wherever Straight Edge is, it emerges as a reaction
against the culture surrounding it," Haenfler said.
"They get involved to feel cool and accepted and have
fun. In a place like Reno, I imagine it's more of a
necessity to have an outlet where young people feel
accepted and don't have to prove themselves by using
drugs and alcohol."

He said the punk music that highlights Straight Edge
philosophy is appealing to youth because it promotes
questioning society and tells them anyone can be
creative and be involved in politics and controversial
topics.

Some may adopt the Straight Edge lifestyle because of
a negative experience with substance abuse or violence
in their family, he said.

"Many will decide to best survive and thrive is
through Straight Edge," Haenfler said, adding his own
experiences with alcohol led him to Straight Edge.


A Reno example

Tony Favero, 21, a Reno tattoo artist who has been
Straight Edge since he was 14, described his
commitment as a way in which he knows he will live
"pure." He is also the lead singer of his Straight
Edge band, AFB, which tours the country.

"It's died down big time," Favero said of the local
movement. "Many have sold out."

Selling out, he said, means going against the
commitment to abstain from substances and promiscuous
sex.

"The real Straight Edge kids stay true while sell-outs
come and go like the seasons," he said.

Favero said that it's impossible for one Straight Edge
participant to speak for the entire movement and
explain why people adopt the lifestyle. A person's
thoughts and actions are strictly their own, he said,
but those who are Straight Edge share the core
beliefs.

For Favero, if he ever had a drink or smoked, he could
never again claim the Straight Edge lifestyle.

"I'm so used to it now, it's like another habit," said
Favero, who is featured in the documentary.

His mother, Sarah Favero, said she was thrilled to
learn her middle-school son was Straight Edge. She
didn't have to worry about him drinking, smoking or
giving into peer pressure.

"I'm very proud of my son," she said. "He's a good
kid, and his heart is in the right place. His
lifestyle is my dream. I'm very lucky."

Sarah Favero said she has met many others who are
Straight Edge and said they are polite and respectful.
She was angered when a small group of Straight Edge
became violent and marred the movement's wholesome
image.

"I don't care if people ever understand why I am
Straight Edge," Tony Favero said. "I'm not doing this
so people can understand. It's my choice and my
decision. You will never know just by watching a
documentary or reading an interview."

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Postby Red_switch » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:34 am

straight edge = dorks :wink:
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Postby matt youwin » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:44 am

Man that uppity self-righteous arrogant tone that some straight edge kids get in interviews pisses me off

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Postby Shaun » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:16 am

Stop being so intolerant matt!

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Postby matt youwin » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:23 am

Bahaha :lol:

Most edge dudes I know are all good, but I'm sure every interview is just this same stuff rehashed in slightly different words.

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Postby ... » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:36 am

i dont blame them ay, must be frustrating to be associated with mindless fuckin morman zealots.

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Postby Phlegmâ„¢ » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:41 am

Is this about the National Geograpic documentary? It'd be nice to know the source.
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Postby Kramazubg » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:07 pm

Phlegm™ wrote:Is this about the National Geograpic documentary?

I wanna see that, I hear it's not great but better then every other edge doco out there.

And they shouldn't have interviewed xAFBx.
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Postby Future Shock » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:40 pm

theres something to be said if ya wanna fight this state fo affairs and not be mainstream dare i say it cunt or cock.

i see all sides but my line is drawn.

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Postby loucke = shit » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:42 pm

everyone in this thread wrote:LOAL.
Drop out of school, and get a drug habit.

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Postby beef666 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:08 pm

loucke = shit wrote:
everyone in this thread wrote:LOAL.

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Postby Sicinius » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:31 pm

I can get behind viewing drugs and alcohol as inherently negative, but I don't really understand the motive behind the no promiscuous sex part.

I mean, what can be seen as inherently negative about mutually consented safe sex?
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Postby ... » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:33 pm

people like your parents are allowed to breed.

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Postby Akuma » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:33 pm

Sicinius wrote:I can get behind viewing drugs and alcohol as inherently negative, but I don't really understand the motive behind the no promiscuous sex part.

I mean, what can be seen as inherently negative about mutually consented safe sex?


The no promiscuous sex just seems like a by-product of the no drinking and drugs... cos lets face it... it's a lot harder to get your fuck on when you're sober all the time.
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Postby Sicinius » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:34 pm

Yah Trick YAH! wrote:people like your parents are allowed to breed.


Badoom pshh..
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Postby ... » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:10 pm

yeh ya got me, akumas answer was way better.

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Postby scott penk » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:12 pm

Is this about the National Geograpic documentary?


The Reno-Sparks Straight Edge scene, estimated to be a
few hundred strong, is being showcased in an April 9
television documentary on the National Geographic
Channel.

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Postby infinity » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:15 pm

i guess straight edge is a good alternative to the rock and roll lifestyle

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Postby Dennis from Accounts » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:23 pm

infinity wrote:i guess straight edge is a boring alternative to the rock and roll lifestyle
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Postby Whitey » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:23 pm

Sicinius wrote:I can get behind viewing drugs and alcohol as inherently negative, but I don't really understand the motive behind the no promiscuous sex part.

I mean, what can be seen as inherently negative about mutually consented safe sex?

The idea behind it originally (someone who's sXe correct me if i'm wrong) was rebelling against the mainstream rock philosphy of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll.
To be Straight Edge was to have your mind fully focussed (having an 'edge') on whatever it was you wanted to achieve rather then letting things such as Girls/Guys, Drugs and Alcohol being a distraction.

i.e you get people who whenever they go out only have the intention of getting some sweet loving.

Or something..
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Postby Phlegmâ„¢ » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:26 pm

penk wrote:
Is this about the National Geograpic documentary?


The Reno-Sparks Straight Edge scene, estimated to be a
few hundred strong, is being showcased in an April 9
television documentary on the National Geographic
Channel.


Yeah. I saw that after I read the article properly. :oops:
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Postby matt youwin » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:26 pm

haha getting some....or something

What are you getting at Geoff? :P

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Postby rex » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:33 pm

straight edge doesnt seem bad to me as long as its not some teenage cock going through a trend
fuck its got to be better the life ive almost destroyed through drugs & booze

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Postby Whitey » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:34 pm

matt youwin wrote:haha getting some....or something

What are you getting at Geoff? :P

Edited!

But back on topic..people are into some crazy shit these days :wink:
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Postby ... » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:38 pm

Whitey wrote:To be Straight Edge was to have your mind fully focussed (having an 'edge') on whatever it was you wanted to achieve rather then letting things such as Girls/Guys, Drugs and Alcohol being a distraction.


yeh... thats what ive always understood, which is why ive never understood retarded straight edgers who think that they have an edge over an average person.

like, ive got a 'straight' edge if i havnt had a drink for a week, if im in good physical cond and all.

ive noticed that some edgers get upset when they see non-edgers outperforming them, whether physically or mentally.

in my esperience anyay... im sure others dont see it the same.

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Postby sneakers o'toole » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:39 pm

edge = fail

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Postby Kramazubg » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:51 pm

Whitey wrote:
Sicinius wrote:I can get behind viewing drugs and alcohol as inherently negative, but I don't really understand the motive behind the no promiscuous sex part.

I mean, what can be seen as inherently negative about mutually consented safe sex?

The idea behind it originally (someone who's sXe correct me if i'm wrong) was rebelling against the mainstream rock philosphy of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll.



This is incorrect. The no sex thing came from the Christian and Krishna straight edge kids back in the 90's. In my opinion, sex has nothing to do with edge.
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Postby Whitey » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:52 pm

Yah Trick YAH! wrote:
Whitey wrote:To be Straight Edge was to have your mind fully focussed (having an 'edge') on whatever it was you wanted to achieve rather then letting things such as Girls/Guys, Drugs and Alcohol being a distraction.


yeh... thats what ive always understood, which is why ive never understood retarded straight edgers who think that they have an edge over an average person.

like, ive got a 'straight' edge if i havnt had a drink for a week, if im in good physical cond and all.

I guess it's more to the point they haven't had any 'controlable' things which damage their mind (or for newborns it has been a longtime since).
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Postby Phlegmâ„¢ » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:53 pm

I thought Harley Flannagan and Cappo both became Krishna in the eighties.
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Postby Whitey » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:53 pm

xCreamzx wrote:
Whitey wrote:
Sicinius wrote:I can get behind viewing drugs and alcohol as inherently negative, but I don't really understand the motive behind the no promiscuous sex part.

I mean, what can be seen as inherently negative about mutually consented safe sex?

The idea behind it originally (someone who's sXe correct me if i'm wrong) was rebelling against the mainstream rock philosphy of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll.



This is incorrect. The no sex thing came from the Christian and Krishna straight edge kids back in the 90's. In my opinion, sex has nothing to do with edge.

sXe was a 90's thing..

"Don't Smoke, Don't Drink, Don't Fuck, at least i can fucking think"


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