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Emo, Goth, Punk, Chav, Greb, Geek, Jock and many more. What do these terms mean, and is it right to categorise people into stereotypes?

Does it make people pretend to be something they are not, or does it give people an identity in which they feel comfortable?

These are the important questions that need answering as the ongoing battle between these groups rages � but first the definitions.

Emo � Overly emotional teen with black hair and a fringe to cover one or both eyes. Not usually the happiest of people, and don�t tend to be their own greatest fans.

Goth � Similar to Emo but with a heavier taste in music and longer hair. Can be found with lots of chains, big platform shoes and maybe even a cape. Not the most energetic of people, and like to keep themselves to themselves.

Chav � Often found in a pair of trackie bottoms tucked into their socks, a baseball cap and possibly an overly large earring. Can usually be found in a park at night passing between themselves a bottle of some kind of alcohol. Don�t get along very well with Goths.

Geek � Either too large or too thin (depends on if they snack or not in between games on the Xbox). Very good with computers but unfortunately not as competent in social situations. Either have glasses, acne or both, but often a very friendly set of people.

Jock � Used to describe those who act like American college students (those who like to wrestle or play American football, and who have an overly cocky nature).

Using these groups to classify people all seems OK, but as the gang culture rages, conflicts between the stereotype groups have begun to rise. This rivalry is most evident between the Chavs and the Goths. The conflict between the two groups has become so bad that Goth and Chav hate websites have been set up, even selling merchandise such as �I hate Chavs/Goths T-shirts. It all seems like fun and games, but the murder of a young woman classed as a Goth last year by a small group of teenagers proves that this has gone too far. It appears that this is no longer just a friendly rivalry between groups of stereotypes. It appeared that the young woman and her boyfriend had been singled out simply because they dressed and looked different.

There is also the question of whether people mould themselves around a stereotype just so that they can fit into a particular identity. For some groups this seems ironic as they pride themselves on being individual and yet decide to act and dress in a type of uniform, instead of what they might themselves feel comfortable in.

Would it not be far better if people acted and dressed in a way in which they feel comfortable, instead of how others and their friends do? It would also certainly be better if people weren�t judged just for what they look like, as not all Chavs, Goths, Emos, Grebs, Geeks etc. are the same.

Tom Shipman