What is Emo.? By "Amanda Morin"Strangely enough, the term "emo" began not as an identifier, but as an insult. It's an abbreviation for a type of music known as "emotive hardcore," which has been facetiously described by some as "punk music on estrogen." Though kids who belong to the Emo counterculture can be identified by a unique fashion sense, it's more likely that your teen relates to the music and mindset of Emo.
"The songs are yearn-y and sad, which kind of fits into the way teenagers feel," says Rebecca "Kiki" Weingarten, M.Sc.Ed, MFA, Parenting Coach and Co-Founder of Daily Life Consulting. "The Emo really is more benign in a way. It's more about the expression and the music," she explains. According to a popular Emo website, Emo Corner, the shaggy or spiky hairdos, the multiple piercings and the thrift store clothing are simply a way to express how you're feeling, as is the emotionally-wrought music and musing-of-life poetry that is such a big part of the counterculture.