‘Bikini Bridge' Is the Latest Arbitrary Thinspo Craze--And It's a Lie

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I wonder if I am actually living this life or if it is simply one virtual-joke reality trolled into existence by 4-Chan. The latest prank by the internet /b/utthole /b/rigade seems to follow the sequence of events in the saga of obsessive social media body image trends: the… » 1/08/14 3:50pm 1/08/14 3:50pm

Kate Upton Is Now Considered 'Fat'

A popular pro-ana — excuse me, "pro-skinny" — site called SkinnyGossip is being roundly criticized for writing a hate-post directed at noted GQ covergirl, YouTube dance enthusiast, and swimsuit model Kate Upton. Alongside some semi-unflattering pictures of Upton modeling in a Beach Bunny show that took place at Miami… » 7/10/12 11:30am 7/10/12 11:30am

Tumblr's Thinspo Ban Could Actually, Horribly, Make Pro-Ana Sites More…

Although back in March blog and image hosting services Tumblr and Pinterest did their best to dump Raid on the insidious pro-ana, pro-mia "thinspiration" community, individual domains like Skinny Gossip—run by an anonymous woman who "has done some modeling" and "now works in the fashion and entertainment industries"—remain… » 7/07/12 2:00pm 7/07/12 2:00pm

Alexa Chung Shuts Down Her Instagram Account Over Bodysnarking

Alexa Chung has shut down her Instagram account after finding that virtually every photo she posted elicited a string of negative comments about her body. Things reached a nadir when the above image of Chung with her mother, which the ex-model/writer/T.V. presenter/fashion personage published yesterday, drew responses… » 4/18/12 1:40pm 4/18/12 1:40pm

Pro-Anorexia Content Still Flourishes Despite the Internet Police’s…

The results of Pinterest and Tumblr's efforts to remove posts from their sites that promote eating disorders have so far been underwhelming. Last month, Pinterest, momentarily "caught off guard" by the amount of pro-anorexia posts and discussion threads, promised to limit the number of photos labeled "thinspiration" posted … » 4/16/12 11:55pm 4/16/12 11:55pm

Well, That Was Quick — Looks Like Pinterest Just Banned 'Thinspo' Boards

Today, popular microblogging social media site Pinterest posted updated terms of use to explicitly bar posting content that others may find emotionally distressing or that risks encouraging physical or mental illness. So does this mean that pro-anorexia "thinspo" boards will have to find a new home? » 3/23/12 7:47pm 3/23/12 7:47pm

The Scary, Weird World of Pinterest Thinspo Boards

If you venture deeply enough into the bowels of the internet, you can find some pretty shocking stuff. But you barely have to scratch the surface to discover the world of pro-ana "thinspo" blogs — online forums where women with eating disorders commiserate and encourage each other with pictures of emaciated women and… » 3/19/12 1:50pm 3/19/12 1:50pm

Annals Of Anorexia

Virginia Heffernan has a piece called "The Girls Of Thinspo" for The New York Times' 'Medium' blog. She touches on the recently-reported news that France is attempting to ban "inciting thinness." Heffernan viewed some thinspo videos and writes, "It's worth trying to figure out how the tragedy of anorexia got woven into the… » 5/01/08 10:45am 5/01/08 10:45am