In my last post, I said:
"...a place that makes dark, sultry (dare I say gothic?!) clothing exclusively for the more curvacious female, sizes 14 and up..."
Only to get this response from a woman, barely 20 years old :
"The word is GOTH not gothic. I am not some fancy-schmancy building in Europe with flying butresses, OKAY!!! Sheesh! Get it right people!!!"
I mentioned that the term originally used was, in fact, gothic, and it applied to the music/fashion movement, not the archetectural movement... It was the phrase that was used to describe the movement originally, and that I knew this to be the case, as I was actually alive at the time. I also said "Yes, it doesn't make sense. The world doesn't make sense... Get used to it."
Only to get this response:
"Yeah, I (was alive), here in so cal where it started! The term is GOTH."
Cough! **history lesson!** Cough!
Yes, without those great Los Angeles bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy, The Damned, etc... we might have never had the GOTH movement.
Let's face it... the movement grew out of the effects of the European (and especially, the British) punk movement. It was sort of a obvious side effect, I'd think, of the emphasis that the punk movement put on fetish clothing, etc. It wasn't much of a coincidence that Malcolm McClaren's fetish clothing store "Sex", in London, started selling punk clothes... and that some of the punks would naturally take on the trappings of the fetish movement, essentially creating a different style of wardrobe.
As for the music, it came about on the tail end of the punk movement. Punk had moved towards the mainstream masses; the gothic movement was in many ways the "art school" intellectualist response to the Punk movement. Early gothic music was influenced by depression, by the grey, stark environment of "life on the dole" England, out of stark, disillusionned places like Manchester, out of fetish clothing, out of the German surrealist movement... a whole grab bag of influnces. It was absolutely not born out of Los Angeles, however.
Frankly, the whole issue of the term "gothic" would be pretty amusing if it weren't so irritating. It is little wonder that just about every band that was considered a founding band in the gothic movement has disavowed their past. They don't want to be pigeonholed. Just like I don't want to be pigeonholed...
Yes, the term, as it was originally used, is gothic, but I'm willing to settle on color impaired. ;)
That reminds me... I no longer want to be referred to as a white male. There are more females than males in this world, and far more people with more pigmentation than I. I demand to be called "a member of the pigment-impaired minority sex".
Vend your wares elsewhere while I discuss matters of interest, thank you very kindly...