Hey it’s Sarah Flores! I spoke about blogging this yesterday in class, (because I don’t speak enough right?) “Thinspiration”, or “Pro-ana” is a trending topic in society. It is most evident with people in their teenage years, and early twenties. It doesn’t just effect girls, and it doesn’t just effect one race. It hurts anyone it can root itself in.
As defined by Urban-Dictionary (it isn’t in websters): “A movement, largely internet-based, that portrays anorexia (and sometimes bulimia; othereating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, are not part of the pro-ana movement) as a lifestyle choice rather than a disease or disorder.Countless websites devoted to the concept have sprung up on the internet, and it has been the object of much (largely negative) media attention. The larger pro-ana sites tend to feature message boards, chat rooms, or other forums for communication. There is some distinction between sites: sites that are defensive of “ana” (this word is often associated with pro-ana individuals) as a positive lifestyle choice, those who advocate eating disorder acceptance rather than active promotion of such disorders (these may not portray themselves as pro-ana), and sites that support anorexia without offering support to individuals attempting to “develop” the disorder.”
I’m choosing to blog about this because of a shirt that a friend posted about on Facebook/Instagram. Urban outfitters was selling a soft, v-neck tee that simply said “eat less” in a fancy script. Professor Ciszek has already posted a link to Sophia Bush’s outrage, but Fox new’s also put out an article. (linked here-http://www.myfoxny.com/story/17404881/urban-outfitters-eat-less-t-shirt-controversy ) Not the most detailed article, but it shows that representatives haven’t even responded to the controversy. They have released multiple controversial shirts and have simply kept selling the shirts.
What these companies don’t realize is that their consumers have problems, and this simple v-neck, is encouraging behavior that leads to serious damage to a persons health and even death. A simple google search will pull up multiple blogs, pinterest boards (i’ll be including a link at the bottom of this post if you want to browse through), and hashtags. We spoke in class yesterday about hashtags and how it can take us to a whole world of links, pictures and messages. We all mutually agreed that its mostly a good thing, but this is a primary example of it being a bad thing. Anyone can see this, young girls who see pictures of rail-thin models, and then look at themselves in the mirror and question why they are not as thin as them.
Social media has brought so much good into our lives, connecting us world wide, bringing us closer, letting us pin, and search for anything we could ever desire. But what happens when we get out of control, when we become insensitive, when we lose touch with reality. We have to remember to post things that will build people up and not tear them down. If this is the profession all of us are choosing, then we should know in our companies, non-profits, hospitals, or news websites/papers, to make sure we treat our consumers like our equals.(#34 of 95 thesis’s) They (people) are not a sector (#2 of 95 thesis’s), we have to realize when we as a company have gone too far (#3 of 95 thesis’s), and we have to acknowledge human concerns (#38 of 95 thesis’s).
There are companies that do promote good standards of body image (dove, aerie, etc) and I hope to outline their good values and customer concerns in my next post.