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Section - 1-7. Why do kids get into straight-edge?

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    Some common reasons people decide to become sXe include: 1. wanting to 
    control their own lives 2. seeing what damage drugs can do to others 
    3. being raised in an alcoholic family 4. identifying with the sXe 
    values and 5. being with people who have the same values. [2]

    Ruth Horner said "There's just such a TREMENDOUS social pressure to 
    drink, do drugs, and so on. Society says 'just say no' but what does it
    matter, once you turn 21? Or at least become an adult. Then it's just 
    an accepted form of 'recreation.' By then it has become an accepted
    'addiction' as well. Look at how prevalent alcohol and tobacco and 
    negative sexuality are in the media, not just commercials. it's a big
    part of our culture, particularly youth culture. Where does it end you 
    up? 

    "That's right. Nowhere fast. I just don't understand. From what I have
    heard, hangovers suck. Watching your life fall apart sucks. It's just 
    not fair o yourself, or anyone else around you that loves you to take 
    such a risk and purposely deny yourself the privilege of being healthy. 
    Health isn't a privilege, it's a given. It doesn't FEEL good to have 
    hangovers.  It doesn't FEEL good to OD. It doesn't FEEL good to go 
    through withdrawal and it most certainly doesn't FEEL good to have 
    AIDS! So why don't today's youth learn from example? I did. A lot of 
    others out there have too. But for some reason, the ignorant are still 
    out there. 

    "You just have to learn to stand strong against it all. Stay true to 
    yourself. Find alternatives. Personally I find that I get a high from 
    going to hows. Just the ROAR of the guitar, and the RUSH of the drums 
    feeling he sweat drip from my face, being squashed by the others around 
    me. I find THAT exciting!! 

    "I don't think I'm any better than anyone else, I just think I'm being 
    smart. And if you have a problem with that then tough." [7]

    On 07 Oct 1997 jeramie <frenzy@netropolis.net> wrote:
    "I speak for myself, but I think some of us find life to be more 
    entertaining when you can walk and talk straight or look at a member 
    of the opposite sex and not be obsessed with f@#$ing them. Being sXe
    is it's own reward. It isn't for everyone, but I know a lot of people
    who do more constructive things which their energy and time because
    they believe in sXe and are'nt tearing themselves apart with vices and 
    addictions. You have to be brave enough to try it in order understand 
    why it's a lifestyle choice and quest."

    On 09 Aug 1998 Larry Phillips <bigphil@solutions!mb!ca> wrote:
    "Another reason kids get into sxe is cause they think its the cool
    thing to do."

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