Straight Edge People Confess What It's Like To Be Stigmatized For Their Clean Lifestyle

"It makes me feel like an outcast."

For many people, alcohol, cigarettes, and casual sex are part of a rite of passage to adulthood. Plenty of us have engaged in these activities, or at least dabbled in them. 

On the other end of the spectrum, straight edge people who abstain from these activities often face a strange social stigma. Evolved from the hardcore punk scene of the '80s, the "clean-living" lifestyle was a counter-rebellion to the pervasive substance abuse present in the early punk scene. But today, though the straight edge lifestyle has moved beyond the sweaty DIY venues where hardcore punk thrived to mainstream society, the suspicion towards that movement remains.  

But just how stigmatized are straight edge people? Their anonymous confessions, told through the Whisper app, speak volumes. 

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