"Gothic music is a subgenre of rock and roll that came out of the punk scene in the late 1970s. The aesthetics that accompany the Goth scene are also of equal -- if not more -- importance to defining a Goth. Most people who consider themselves Goths dress the part, which generally entails wearing lots of black clothing, whiteface, and black lipstick. As Goths have a great love for pageantry, fantasy and drama, period costumes (whether taken from the distant past or distant future) are often worn as well.
"Themes that appeal to Goths tend to pertain to the dark aspects of human existence -- such as death, romance, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. Not so surprisingly, many Goths are drawn to the scene due to experiences of abuse, discrimination, or systematic ridicule at the hands of 'normal' people (or 'mundanes,' as they are called in the scene)."