12/19/2013

Anti-Thinspiration


As I mentioned in a previous post, I am the online editor of my school's newspaper. For our current issue (coming out in print TOMORROW!) I wrote an article on a topic I feel strongly about.

I wrote my article on Thinspiration- a vile internet trend. Below is my article, so please take the time to read and share this to spread awareness about this sickening trend.


"It’s 7 a.m. and she’s sitting at the kitchen table eating a bowl of cereal before school. Some type of sugary, flavorful cereal.
Fruit Loops, maybe?
It’s noon and she’s sitting at her lunch table with all of her friends eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, maybe some chips or crackers or cookies, too.
It’s 3 p.m. and she’s sitting at the kitchen table again, eating cookies as an afternoon snack.
It’s 6 p.m. and she’s at the kitchen table for the third time that day eating the pasta her mom labored over for dinner.
It’s 9 p.m. and she’s in her bedroom, possibly snacking, but on the computer for sure, scrolling through sites like Tumblr and Pinterest.
It’s 9:15 p.m. and she comes across an image that makes her feel as though everything she ate today was stolen calories she wasn’t entitled to.
It’s 9:30 p.m. and the calories are invading her mind.
It’s 10 p.m., she’s in the bathroom, her head resting on the toilet; she just returned the stolen calories.
The next day at 7 a.m. she eats half a banana, at noon she eats the other half, at 3 p.m. she does her homework, at 6 p.m. she tells her mom she’s not hungry, at 9 p.m. she’s on those sites again, at 9:15 p.m. she comes across those same images and lets them burn into her brain, branding her—poisoning her.
This poison is none other than the current Internet trend known as Thinspiration—a trend that has been sweeping various sites, encouraging unhealthy ways to obtain a slim body. The issue with this trend isn’t that it promotes skinniness. In fact, it is perfectly acceptable to dream and work towards a slimmer body.
The problem with Thinspiration is that the way in which it advocates being thin is by promoting unhealthy manners to become skinny.
Thinspiration pictures feature beautiful women, all of whom are skinny, further inflicting the idea that bone-thin is the equivalent of beauty.
Not only do the images endorse the idea that bone thin is attractive, but the captions do as well.
“Do you want to eat that Oreo, or have a thigh gap?”, “You will regret eating that cookie; you will not regret running that mile,” and “Suck it up now and you won’t have to suck it in later,” are examples of common captions attached to images of twiggy girls in bikinis.
Super Model Kate Moss’s infamous quote “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” is often attached to Thinspiration pictures as well.
The trend has even reached clothing. Urban Outfitters manufactured and sold the sickening shirt with the slogan “Eat Less” scrawled on the front.
It is sickening to see pictures promoting, and even glamorizing, such inappropriate, unhealthy, and dangerous means of becoming skinny. Pictures similar to the aforementioned are commonly found online, and are very easy to wander across.
Not only do these pictures spark a lack of self-confidence in girls, they ignite the desire in them to skip meals and push themselves as hard as they can—potentially harming their body and damaging their health—to achieve the image of “perfection”.
The girl—the one mentioned before— who fell subject to the poison, the girl who was claimed by the wrath of thinspiration, she is the average teenage girl: self-conscious.
Teenage girls already battle preexisting body image issues. Girls look in the mirror and often stare back at a girl with a face identical to their own, but an unfamiliar and overweight body.
Seeing these venomous thinspiration images can infect the minds of girls who happen to come across them even further.
This girl represents teenage girls who fall prey to the vicious cycle of eating disorders.
This girl represents those who came across the images, shattering their self-confidence, smashing their positive body image, and shaking their mindset.
These pictures are repulsive.
Thinspiration is vile.
By Alyssa Tomasic


Arrowhead Online Editor"
While I'm on the topic of my school newspaper, I would like to talk about what I've been doing with that. This is our first year attempting to go online. We have no web designer or no one with extraordinary web coding skills; we just have me, a girl who kind of knows her way around blog platforms. I took on the role of designing the website which is one of my main jobs, along with editing the 50-something articles featured in each issue. So far, things have been rough going. Though I can create a basic blog, I did not realize how involved news websites are. Because of this, I have decided to take on the challenge of learning to code. 

The website isn't perfect- heck it doesn't even have a custom domain yet- but it is a work in progress and I am proud of what I have done thus far. I am still working everything out, this will probably be a year long project. If you would like to check out the website, the link will be posted below. 


My article: The Arrowhead, Anti-Thinspo

The Home Page: The Arrowhead Online


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AT

5 comments:

  1. SO inspiring. I agree completely. I just read the Teen Vogue article about it. It's so crazy. I've fallen for it too, the whole eat something, go on Pinterest/Tumblr randomly and see anorexic girls, and feel like I didn't deserve my dinner or cookie. The industry especially needs to change, as well as the outlook on girls and being this unrealistic size.

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    1. Yes I just read the Teen Vogue article this afternoon. I personally have fallen pray to the harsh thinspiration images as well. It is hard not to when they are on so many different websites out there. I want to do something to help rid of the conviction that you need to be skinny in order to be considered beautiful. That is not true. Beauty comes in all shapes.

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  2. Congratulation, you have a true talent for writting! I was supprise at the originality of your text, you really know how to get your point across! Keep it up :)

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    1. Thank you very much- your comment is so sweet and means a lot to me!! Wish I knew who you were :/ If you have a blog, feel free to link it to me. :)

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  3. This is so me. It happens to me ALL the time. I eat and feel good with myself then go on Tumblr to see all the thin pretty girls and instantly feel bad about myself and vow to go on a diet and thing is I'm not even overweight. This is a beautiful, inspiring post Alyssa. Keep it up. xx

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