In a recent Reddit post, a user shared her conflict with having a religious stepmother who grounded her for being Goth. Here’s the full story.
She Loved Being Goth
Sarah has always been drawn to the Goth subculture. She loves horror movies and all things Goth, and her demeanor often reflects a slightly eerie and mysterious aura.
She Was Not Extreme
However, unlike the stereotypical Goth, her interests do not extend to extreme measures. The most daring thing she’s ever done is pick up a book on basic witchcraft.
It Was About Finding Her True Self
For Sarah, the subculture is about finding comfort and relaxation in a unique style that allows her to be truly herself.
Her Stepmother Was Religious
But her stepmother, a devout Christian, and a self-absorbed narcissist, despised her from the start.
The Stepmother Hated Her
It became increasingly evident when Sarah’s younger sister was born. Suddenly, Sarah was pushed into the shadows and forgotten.
It took a staggering four years before Sarah finally received any acknowledgment as a person, rather than just an inconvenient presence.
The Stepmother Believed Her Goth Identity Was a Phase
Her stepmother’s disdain for her Goth identity was rooted in her belief that it was merely a phase, something she would eventually grow out of.
It Had Some Truth
While there may be some truth to that assumption, it doesn’t make Sarah any less of who she is in the present moment. It’s essential to understand that Sarah’s love for horror movies and Goth aesthetics has evolved over time.
She used to cry during horror movies until she was about ten years old. It was only later that she found solace and fascination in the genre.
Things Took a Turn
The story took a turn one evening when Sarah returned home from Hot Topic with some new Goth clothing. However, Sarah unknowingly walked into a storm of emotions.
She was excited to show off her latest purchases to her friends at the beginning of the school year.
Her Stepmother Rushed In
Little did she know that her stepmother had other plans for her. The stepmother stormed into her room, her anger palpable, and began yelling at her.
She Was Shocked
Sarah was abruptly awakened, completely bewildered by the sudden onslaught.
The Stepmother Forced Her to Throw the Clothes Away
Her words pierced the air as she demanded that she throw away the “tacky and trashy” clothes she had bought. Threatening to burn them if she didn’t comply, she cited her religious beliefs as the basis for her demands.
She Began to Laugh
At that moment, Sarah couldn’t help but burst into maniacal laughter. The irony and absurdity of her statement overwhelmed her.
Her Stepmother Was Furious
This reaction only served to enrage her stepmother further. Confused, she questioned why her demands were funny and expressed fear at her reaction.
She Gave Her Reasons
Through her laughter, Sarah managed to communicate that her attempts to control her were pointless.
Sarah asserted that her purchases were entirely her own, and the stepmother had no authority over what she chose to do with them.
She Was Punished
Unfortunately, Sarah’s defiance came with a price.
She was promptly grounded and would remain so until she got rid of the “sinful clothes and the demon-worshiping games.”
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