Ok. Get ready, 'cause I'm gonna take y'all to church.
This particular story has been in the media spectrum of women's health and fashion for around a month now, and I only caught wind of it today because I have been so busy at work, moving, and adopting a dog (posts to come later!!).
I will not be referencing the main website's name or link to it here simply because I have no desire to give it more traffic. If your curiosity simply must be assuaged, use your GoogleFu skills.
For those of you who are completely removed from the idea of "thinspiration" / "thinspo" forums or pro-ana and pro-mia websites, let me give you a quick rundown.
Pro-ana (pro-anorexia) and pro-mia (pro-bulimia) websites have been popping up on the internet since the early 2000's, and their main focus is to serve as a support system for women and girls who want to maintain and effectively hide their anorexia or bulimia (or any other eating / body dysmorphic disorder). These websites offer tips to hide the fact that they're not eating (i.e. "eat really slowly, so as to make everyone else you're eating with think that you're eating the same amount as them," or "move your food around on your plate a lot," or "carry around empty candy bar wrappers to make people think that you ate the candy bar in the first place"), ways to curb starvation pangs, and support for when someone is worried that they'll fall off the wagon and eat a carrot among other various topics.
There is another set of websites and forums called "thinspiration" or "thinspo" for short, and some of them are actually good. They support people who are in recovery from anorexia and bulimia, and they also promote healthy eating and happy lifestyles. Some of them, however, are pro-ana and pro-mia masquerading as thinspo, internet wolves in sheep's clothing.
This post is in regards to one such wolfish website. The author claims to be a former "editorial and print model" who now works in the fashion industry, and from what I have read of her blog I can only surmise that she absolutely hates women. Either that or herself.
90% of her posts are tearing down women who maintain healthy appearances. For example, the below picture is of a woman who this blogger referred to as "well-marbled," "vulgar," and compared her to a cow.
She goes on to spout all of this ludicrous hatred Kate Upton's way, continuing to belittle her appearance, tearing at every single little flaw that she may or may not have. It's catty, it is a perpetuation of every single female stereotype - "She's beautiful, so let's tear her down in order to feel better about ourselves" - and it makes me sick to my stomach. I personally think she's gorgeous, and honestly, the day that Kate Upton gets body shamed is the day I apparently need to just off myself. I've told you before that I'm not the epitome of health. I am overweight (I've been exercising and eating healthier, though, and have effectively lost a good chunk of weight), and I am aware of it and make no excuses for my current weight other than my utter lack of routine and self control. I am also currently working on getting more healthy. Notice that I didn't say that I am trying to be skinnier. I'm not. I am shooting for health, first and foremost.
All of that being said, I know that I am no one to be making any statements about what is healthy or not. I have no issue with naturally slender girls. I also have no issue with women with Amazonian builds. The great thing about being human is that we are all amazingly different, and that includes our physical appearance. For example, even if I were to lose 100 lbs and dive down to an unhealthy weight, I would still be completely inappropriate for runway fashion. I am Eastern European, and as such I have a much meatier, thicker body type. I will never be a Twiggy, and that's ok. That just means that I have awesome boobs and an boo-tay that won't quit. Who cares if my hips are wider than someone else's? Who cares if I'm just a little bit of a fatty? I'm proud of my curves, and there ain't nothin' you can do about that.
Which brings me to another topic, again based off of another article written by the same person entitled "Fat Pride Burns My Hide." In this article, the writer laments the world's gravitation toward "fat pride," stating that this movement of loving bigger bodies is simply a ploy to make us feel better about our "disgusting" state, that it is our last ditch effort to make it "ok" to be vomit-worthy whales.
|"This reminds me a little of those pictures where a big|
killer whale is about to devour a beautiful little seal."
No, I'm not a size 0, but I have a beautiful singing voice and a lovely smile.
Let's focus on those good things and start there, shall we?
What do you think? Leave a comment below!
P.S. Here's another gem of a quote from a new post the writer recently published in regards to the recent uproar and media attention:
"As a thin person, I was also annoyed by our double-standards around weight.
For example, people think nothing of telling a thin woman ...
how skinny they are and even to suggest what they should eat.
But I've never seen the reverse happen to an overweight woman."
Apparently, the blogger has been living in a hole for the last 20 years, because she obviously has no idea what in the hell she's talking about.