(TW: DISCUSSION OF THINSPO, EATING DISORDERS,DIET CULTURE)
you see thinspo. you don’t like it. you’ve believed the myth that thinspo is operated by blood sucking demons or people who are just faking it. you make fun of thinspo people. you believe that they oppress fat people. you post gore in the tags or pictures of yourself and others in the tags to rouse eating disorded people of their sin.
stop. consider some things.
- most thinspo blogs and pro-ana blogs are run by eating disordered people on a wide range of weights. 90 to 350. literally. most-to-all eating disordered or heading to one. none of them are faking it. an eating disorder. not a moral grievance. not a sin. got it?
- they are triggered, not helped, by your efforts. your photobombing, your making fun of them on your popular blogs, your bullying of them. none of that is okay.
- sometimes your actions have consequences like relapses, stomach ruptures, self harm, and dead people. not cool.
BUT WHAT DO I DO TO CURE THE PROBLEM
- fight against diet culture. the actual diet culture. not eating disordered people.
- recognize not all eating disordered people are thin.
- do not bully or perpetuate violence against eating disordered people.
- speak up when this happens! your silence is costly. and your place as an ally is shaky if you just stay silent when this happens.
I can agree with 99.9% of this, except when it claims that thinspo doesn’t oppress fat people. When you consider what thinspo is, it is usually pictures of incredibly glamorous thin models (see: VS Angels.) It is usually media based images of how we are “supposed to look.” Women who have binge-eating disorders who see those images who are already struggling with feelings of hopelessness, self-hatred, even suicide are going to feel it even more when they look at thinspo. And if you think that women and men who have binge eating disorders DON’T look at thinspo, you are wrong. I’m not saying that everyone does - but I have know some that do.
The fact of the matter is, thinspo DOES harm fat people because it perpetuates an unrealistic standard of beauty.
I’m not saying that we need to attack eating disordered people, I’m saying that we need to attack the culture that says “you are not enough, you are never enough.”
Because so many people will judge her and assume she has an eating disorder.
In reality, she consumes between 5,000 and 8,000 a day. She probably eats more than most “fat people” any of you will ever meet.
“I eat small portions of crisps, sweets, chocolate, pizza, chicken, cake, doughnuts, ice cream, noodles and pop tarts all day long, so I get pretty upset when people accuse me of being anorexic,”
She’s obviously one of the most “privileged” people in the Western civilization, right?
Thin-privilege does not apply to emaciated bodies that experience some sort of disability or eating disorder that severely impacts their ability to gain weight.
These bodies are not the accepted “norm”, just as fat bodies are not the accepted “norm”. They challenge society’s perceptions of health and do not fit into the accepted “ideal” and therefore face discrimination and oppression in their own way, separate from the way fat bodies are discriminated against.