You Look Soo Scene

By Elisa, age 15, California

The other day I caught myself using stereotypical names. I thought about this incident until I went to bed that night. Everyone knows these stereotypical names. Prep, Gangster, Jock, Emo, Freak, Nerd, Drama Kid, and the new "Scene Kid". High school is the home of stereotypes.

So what is "scene"? You hear the sayings, "Let's make a scene" and "Did you see that scene in the play?". Where did "scene" come from? I decided to ask a few people.

Robin: "I think 'scene' came from the saying 'We make a scene'. Because that's what this trend looks like. Lots of eyeliner, eyeshadow, and really tight clothes."

I decided to look up this "scene" on an image hosting site and found many pictures of what Robin had described. Long hair with many colors in it and lots of makeup. What does "scene" have to do with this trend?

Next, I was curious about whether everyone (race, religion, body type, etc.) was accepted by this trend. I asked a girl (who asked to remain anonymous) this question.

Me: "Is everyone (race, religion, body type, etc.) accepted in this trend?"

Anonymous: "Definitely not. When I first tried hanging out with these 'scene kids', they called me a fatty. I was 136 pounds and 5'6". I noticed all of them were 5'7" and 100-120 pounds. I knew I would never fit in and I stopped trying."

Thanks Robin!

What about race? I asked Rachael P. (an African-American girl)

Me: "Does 'scene' accept other races?

Rachael: "Sometimes. It depends on who you are. Like, I was kinda shunned at first, but after a few weeks the people in the group, like, accepted me into it."

This time I asked Kaylee J. from Missouri, a Jewish girl, on Myspace.

Me: "Is religion accepted?"

Kaylee: "Definitely. Everyone likes religion. The weirder your religion is, the cooler you are. For example, I'm Jewish, and every time we get on the religion subject everyone like turns to me for answers - it's chill."

What do people who are called "scene" do to stand out? Jayla B. from New Jersey answered this.

Jayla: "Piercing and tattoos. That's all I have to say. Plugs, bull nose rings, and a million lip piercings. Makeup. It goes all the way to their brows."

Judgment. We use "their" as if these people were a different species.

So I decided to ask Mary-Lauren, a girl with a friend count of 10,000 who looked "scene".

Me: "Do you like being called 'scene'?"

Mary-Lauren: "No, no, no! People judge and say, 'Oh, you're 'scene' because you look like this or hang out with these kind of people, and you have a lot of friends on Myspace! It definitely pisses me off. No, I'm not scene, never have been, never will be. So stop being so judgmental and get to know me!"

I've asked the questions. They've provided answers. So now it's your job to ask yourself ... Is "scene" really the coolest trend? And, should we be judging these people by the way they look? They are people just like us.

Editor's note: This article reflects the views of the people who responded to Elisa. I'm sure there are many views on this subject. "Scene" may mean something else to you, whether you consider yourself "scene" or not. Elisa and Sweet Designs Magazine invite you to send in your own thoughts on this subject using the form below.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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