The Commercialization of Goth Part I: Hauls and Materialism

There has been a debate going around the web surrounding the commercialization of goth. I would like to briefly address this idea within the context of lower-class participants in the subculture who feel goth has become an unaffordable lifestyle due to its supposedly expensive aesthetic. Since we each do our part to keep the scene inclusive, I hope the questions posed and topics addressed in this three-part series will launch constructive discourse.

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Support a diverse alternative modeling agency: Interview with Black Silk

Hey Fab Bats! I’ve got Black Silk here with us to talk a bit about her building a new inclusive modeling agency. Take a look at her GofundMe and maybe show a bit of support for a fellow Fab Bat looking to help out alternative models of color!

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Black Goth Men are Dispelling Myths of Hypermasculinity

Over the years, representation of black goths has gotten better and better. The previous post, Black Goths Are More Visible, featured inspirational quotes, beautiful portraits and useful advice from members of the subculture. However, there was something unsettling. It was significantly more difficult to find images of black men than it was women.

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Is Pale Gothic Foundation on Dark Skin a sign of Insecurity?

Hey Fab Bats! As a character with dark skin (E39 leather Copic marker to be exact), the concept of pale skin as the gothic beauty ideal has crossed my mind several times. Today, I’d to take a moment to explore it with you. Does pale foundation mean one is ashamed of their skin color? Is this a problem we should address? Sit down, pass around the tea and discuss.

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Rococoa and the Frivolous Fro

Let’s take a look at the fro. Hair – or lack thereof – tells a story. Mostly, a story about ourselves. It serves as an indicator of our personality, social class and even sense of purpose. Now the fro. It is malleable, pliable, moldable. It appears in a variety of forms and textures which you can add or subtract to take on a new form. So why suppress it?

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