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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.

Explore personal narratives in 'Joining And Leaving The Straight Edge Community' on Medium. Gain ins…
Exploring Prejudices, Youth, and Straight Edge: A Call for Understanding. Delve into the world of St…
Read 'The Sobering Realities of Living Straight Edge' on Excalibur. Learn more about challenges and …
Explore the reasons behind choosing sobriety as a powerful political act. Discover how rejecting alc…
Explore the world of Straight Edge obsession in this thought-provoking article. Discover the potenti…
Breaking the Edge: Returning to Straightedge? Explore personal experiences, changing scenes, and the…
Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Stigma and Straight Edge - Explore the intersection of mental he…
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: For decades now, there has existed a global community of men and w…
Explore the Italian Straight Edge Scene: Uncovering the current status and challenges. Dive into the…
Young adults, especially college students, may often feel like drinking, smoking or doing drugs is a…

Straight Edge News

Photo of xPersistx Michigan Straight Edge

No Echo: New Hardcore Band Spotlight: xPersistx

Discover xPersistx, the Michigan-based hardcore band, through No Echo's feature. Vocalist Seth Sprague shares insights on their influences like xRepresentx and Terror, and their latest EP '1 Life 2 Decades'.
T&F PodCast Livestream With Keli Lalita (108, PROJECT KATE, MANTRALOGY RECORDS)

T&F Podcast With Keli Lalita (108, PROJECT KATE, MANTRALOGY RECORDS)

Explore Keli Lalita's journey in T&F Podcast episode, as she discusses hardcore music, Krishna Consciousness, and motherhood, highlighting gender dynamics and challenges in spiritual and cultural environments.
The hard Times falls on hard times

R.I.P The Hard Times 2014-2024…Maybe?

The Hard Times, a humor website rooted in punk and hardcore culture. Facing financial struggles due to social media algorithm changes, they launch a Patreon campaign for survival.


Ian MacKaye Interview with Logan Kelly

Logan Kelly: Interview with Ian MacKaye

12-year-old Logan Kelly sits down with the legendary Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat. In this insightful conversation, Logan explores the essence of what it means to be Straight Edge and a Punk through the eyes of one of the genre's most influential figures.


Straight Edge: Walking The Line- 2018

Straight Edge: Walking the Line is a documentary about the Straight Edge movement which began in Washington DC in the 1980's. Straight Edge is a lifetime commitment, never to drink, smoke or do drugs.

There Will Be Quiet- The Story Of Judge (2015)

t of Noisey's four-part series There Will Be Quiet: The Story of Judge, Noisey talks with mythical NYHC vocalist Mike Ferraro, better known as Mike Judge. Ferraro recounts his early days and unforgiving upbringing, his road toward straight-edge, and how an introverted kid found his way to punk rock.

Going Against the Norm—Straight Edge (2014)

It has become a social norm for young adults to engage in typical college activities on the weekends such as smoking weed and drinking. A small percentage decide to rebel against that scene and forge a different path by being straight edge. Straight edgers choose not to smoke, drink or do drugs.