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For more than three decades, straight edge has ebbed and flowed through the hardcore scene.  The articles in this section span twenty years’ worth of ideas, feelings, and thoughts about straight edge from a female perspective.

Some of these articles were written by girls who are now women (myself included). Our thoughts were raw and unfiltered as teens.  We were (and some of still are) frustrated with the status quo. We are tired of having our voices drowned out.

As we have grown and evolved, so have our ideas about what it means to be straight edge.  These are our stories, our thoughts, our journeys.

Is straightedge a choice or a birthright. This insightful article delves into the essence of the str…
Follow one girl's remarkable journey in the hardcore and straight edge music scene. Discover her str…
a critical examination of today's hardcore straightedge culture, as we explore the transformation fr…
Explore the challenges of maintaining authenticity in a culture often swayed by crowd mentality. Dis…
From its roots as a reaction to 70s and 80s excesses to its global influence, explore the debate ove…
Explore the evolving landscape of the straightedge movement in our insightful article, 'Straightedge…
Originally Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2004Written by: Jerrod Spooner   Understandin…
Originally Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2004Written by: Matthew Field Umm...We'll assume we all…
Explore a personal narrative of transformation and belonging within the straight edge community, as …
Dive into the intriguing world of straightedge culture with our article, exploring its roots in punk…

Straight Edge News

The Brooklyn Blast Furnace Podcast: Ep. 252 – John “Porcell” Porcelly (Youth Of Today. Judge. Shelter. Project X)

From The Brooklyn Blast: “One of the founding members of two of my all time favorite Straight Edge Hardcore bands… “Youth Of Today” and “Judge” as well as “Project X” and “Shelter”. He’s done stints in “Bold”, and “Gorilla Biscuits”. He ran “Schizm” Records and currently owns a Straight Edge clothing line, “True Till Death”. […]
walter schreifels - new scene podcast

The New Scene – Episode 103: Walter Schreifels of Quicksand / Rival Schools

discovering punk rock and hardcore, Walter's early NYHC days in Youth of Today and Gorilla Biscuits, the formation of @qsnyc , their early influences, life as a major label band, the formation of Rival Schools, their debut EP "United By Fate", Walking Concert, Quicksand's 2012 reunion, their latest LP "Distant Populations" plus more.
Kelly Leonard - xsisterhoodx New Direction Vans 66

Catch xsisterhoodx live on New Direction Today 2/3/2022

Hey Everyone! This Thursday I’ve been asked to be on Walter Schreifels live stream show, @newdirectionnyc on @vanschannel66 this Thursday from 5-7PM Est., to chat about #xsisterhoodx . The musical guest will be @native_sun This is a live stream and I’m pretty sure there isn’t going to be a recording available, so, be sure to set a reminder and tune in! You can watch here: […]


Audio Interview with Robert Wood, Author of Straightedge Youth

Join Youth Spin on KOOP 91.7 FM for an exclusive interview with Professor Robert Wood, exploring the diverse facets of straight edge culture and insights from his book, Straight Edge: Complexity and Contradictions of a Subculture.
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