Dion is a cocky, tanned, gym-junkie from Brisbane.
The 24-year-old is technically ‘famous’ for being one of the new housemates on Big Brother — but that’s not why we’re all talking about him today in the Mamamia office.
You see, what caught our attention was Dion’s proclamation on last night’s show that he’s “Straight Edge’.
Not “edgy” (don’t make that mistake) but Straight Edge.
Which, apparently, is a fancy way of saying he’s part of a movement that revels in being clean-cut.
“I don’t drink to relax,” Dion
smugly proclaimed said on the show last night.
“I relax just by hanging out with friends and, you know, doing the same thing you would while drinking – but I just don’t necessarily need a drink to do it.”
He also won’t smoke, take drugs or engage in sex with anyone other than his long-term partner — so while most of the housemates will be partying/drinking/hooking up, Dion will be soberly watching on.
Not because Dion’s making different (and admittedly, healthier) life decisions than the average 24-year-old; nothing too shocking there. But we’re fascinated by the fact this straight-180 behaviour has been rebranded as a cool, new social movement.
If you are too? Read on.
What even IS “Straight Edge?”
Straight Edge is a worldwide movement with hundreds of thousands of followers, although Urban Dictionary defines the term as a “philosophy/life-choice” involving abstinence from “activities that are a disgrace to their minds and bodies” — such as lying, having sex in the abvsence of a true emotional bond, or drinking.
With principles like that, you might assume Straight Edge is some sort of born-again Youth Christian movement — but you’d be very, very wrong.
You see, Straight Edge apparently developed out of the US youth music scene in the 1980s, as a way for young people to rebel against the status quo. It’s sometimes even referred to as a subculture of hardcore punk, and a lot of its followers are into metal music.
Now it’s evolved into various subcultures, some of which are passionate about animal rights, and others who are fiercely vegan.
So: While most teens rebel by taking illicit substances and hooking up, straight edgers are SO hardcore they do the opposite. Essentially, they rebel by rebelling against the rebels.