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His left hand holds the black marker as it streaks across his right An X appears on the flesh of his right hand He has now marked himself He rubs his shaven head and checks on his size five gauged ears that a finger could poke clean through Spikes adorn his neck and wrists The tattoos covering his body admit hes a VEGAN He pulls on a hoodie that states the band name Earth Crisis Who does this describe A pure Straightedger His manifesto contains full internal bodily cleanliness The X on his right hand comes from the days when black light was not available in clubs To designate someone under 21 who could not drink an X was marked on the back of the right hand for this is what the edgers believe in not partaking of alcohol They also believe in not doing drugs or smoking cigarettes Faithful to their partners they believe in not having sex with more than one person in life They keep their internal bodies clean by not eating meat or any animal product it goes much further than just this though They also will not use any product that may have been tested on or made out of an animal derivative Shoal Interview They believe in a cruelty free lifestyle Sound like the perfect heavenly group for a kid to join Well not in Utah In Utah the media stereotypes Straightedgers because they do not understand the real Straightedge lifestyle they only see what happens in Utah Even though Straightedgers have a bad reputation for murder arson violence and barbaric deeds this happens only in Utah in reality they stand for such values as integrity chastity cleanliness of body brotherhood animal rights and a cruelty free lifestyle values which could solve many of todays youth problems Straightedge developed as an offshoot of the punk rockhardcore scenes of the early 1980s when the term itself is believed
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