How do I deal with people telling me I'm not "Goth Enough"? I tend to dress in a more Eastern European folk costume style with lots of goth elements. But recently some in the goth community and outside of it have told me that I am not a real goth because of this. How can I prove that I am goth? I know I should ignore those "Gother than thou" types, but its kind of hard to.
Your style sounds AMAZING, and I wish you would come off anon and share photos!
You DO NOT have to prove that you are goth. You don’t. Especially to anyone who throws around the phrase “a real goth”. But yes, I’m sure it is difficult to ignore those sorts. So what should you do the next time one of these elitist, wrong-headed gatekeeping types says something like this to you? Smile at them – either icily or as wide as possible, baring your teeth – and say in a completely flat tone “I’m sure your opinion is worthy and fascinating”. If they keep haranguing you, tell them that that you AND your Auntie Jilli don’t agree with them, and that they need to stop talking.
Grrrrr. Pretentious gatekeepers make me SO MAD.