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Section - 4. About the scene

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    On 19 Aug 1997 Terence David <SandraGail@webtv!net> wrote:
    "Just wanted to talk about the good old glory days when the HARDCORE
    scene was REAL and there was no kickboxing, baggy clothes or attitudes.
    Yeah Yeah, all you "new school" kids are probably sick of hearing about
    the past, but it is brought up so often because of how great it was (at
    least compared to now).  Everybody had something to say and used their
    energy positively and did something productive with it.
    Whether they started a band, did a zine or promoted a show, they were
    benefiting Hardcore and making "our" subculture a better one.  Nowadays
    it seems that H.C. is grasping onto the things that we tryed so hard to
    get away from.  All of the negative aspects of mainstream life seem to
    be filtering into our scene.  Shit talking, fashion, competition, money,
    greed and status (just to name a few of the more blatant ones).  Our
    scene is becoming a small scale version of this shitty world around us.
    As Ray of Today once said, it's time to "MAKE A CHANGE"!!  H.C.S.E. is
    somehting I hold very close to my heart.  It's more than music, fashion
    or the latest karate dance.  It's a way of life.  The past is the past
    and now is now.  But please, let's try to make our scene's future a
    better more positive one.  That means become more productive, more
    positive and leave the brass knuckles and atttitudes at home.  Better
    yet, throw em' away.  We're all in this together and unity is what it's
    all about."

    On 23 Nov 1998 ToddX <ToddX@unbounded!com> wrote:
    "First off I am going to make one thing clear:  the X in my name was
    there before  I became sXe.  I have read a number of the responses and
    have seen and heard things for the last ten years now on what's wrong 
    with being sXe.  For anyone that honestly has a problem with someone
    that chooses to live their life free of addicition, exploitation,
    bigotry and hatred, in addition to promiscuous sexual relations there is
    nothing that any one can say to you that will make you like the movement
    (if I may allowed to be so bold as to call such a moddled gathering of
    varying definitions of what sXe is) or for that matter anyone in it.
    Too often people associate sXe with sports wear, hardcore, short hair,
    and violence.  These are not what sXe is about just the same as spikes,
    piercing, colored hair, and drunkedness is not punk.  They are things
    that people do.  Assigning uninforms to the various scenes is relatively
    easy and many that belong to these scenes are as easily identifiable as
    the culture the are seeking to subvert.  If you look at the individual
    that is sXe ask them what their beliefs are and why.  Challenge them on
    real issues that affect society not fashion sense and personal conduct
    (unless that conduct is beating people up).  I will leave you with this
    from my observations of sXe (it should be noted that facisim is not sXe)
    and punk is that their sense of justice is the same.  animal friendly,
    gay positive, pro-feminist, anti-racist, anti-facist,
    anti-commodification, and pro-life."

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