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Straight-edge culture


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    • SXE (Straight-edge culture)
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    • found: Work cat.: 2005028099: Haenfler, R. Straight edge, 2006.
    • found: Wikipedia web site, viewed Sept. 26, 2005(Straight edge, also know as SXE, is a lifestyle and subculture closely associated with punk or hardcore punk music, which advocates abstinence in relation to tobacco, alcohol, recreational drug use, and promiscuous sexual behavior ... Straight-edge can be viewed as a counter culture lifestyle option, or as a long term commitment to abstinence from illicit substances and promiscuous sex and observation of the precepts outlined above. There are various reasons why people choose to be straight-edge. Often the life-style is used as a 'stepping stone' to allow one to be more positively involved with one's own mental and physical health. Some straight-edgers do not use caffeine, or they choose to be vegetarian or vegan. Straight-edgers also have reservations about medication (particularly psychoactive drugs), which they generally eschew. Straight edge tends to involve abstinence from (particularly casual) sex.")
    • found: Straightedgeonline.org web site, viewed Sept. 26, 2005(philosophical offshoot of the punk movement, a reaction to the hedonism and self-destruction that characterised punk ... the only youth counter-culture to actively discourage drug use, alcohol use, and casual sex)
    • found: Straight-edge.com web site, viewed Sept. 26, 2005:definition p. (straight-edge refers to a philosophy that promotes a drug-free lifestyle; developed as an offshoot of the punk rock/hardcore scenes of the early 1980's; term coined by Ian Mackaye while he was singer of the hardcore band Minor Threat)
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