Debunking the concept of  the trinity:
First of all, we need to lose the idea that the three X’s that often times represent straight edge in iconography in any way represent three distinct issues. They don’t, and it wouldn’t make sense if they did.  One  each for drinking, for smoking, and sex?  Or maybe one X for drug use (which would include both cigarettes and alcohol consumption) and one for sex?  That would still leave us with an unclaimed X. Its easy to see how this erroneous belief came about, but it should also be obvious that the representation of straight edge with three X’s is nothing more than an aesthetic device, and is not representative of three specific “I don’ts” of straight edge. more