Back in March, blog and image hosting services Tumblr and Pinterest took
the initiative against the "thinspiration" community who had been using
their sites to post 'thinspo,' which are basically pictures of insane
beauty ideals which solely serve to motivate others to slim down. Problem solved?
Not really, according to Jezebel's Anne Breslaw. She explains that despite the ban, the issue is not exactly done for since individual domains promoting the pro-ana/pro-mia movement still exist on the web:
... Skinny Gossip—run by an anonymous woman who "has done some modeling" and "now works in the fashion and entertainment industries"—remain intact for former Tumblr/Pinterest pro-ana reader migration. Posts and categories (to which I am not linking for a number of reasons, among them the insanely high read they provoke on my discomfort/sadness scale) include "Fat Pride Burns My Hide," a takedown of a body-image awareness spread featuring plus-size models, and "Starving Tip Of the Day."
An item on the website's FAQ reads, "Is this a pro-ana site?" The response:
No. This is a pro-skinny site. People who have illnesses of any kind shouldn't be here – they should be seeking professional help and working to get well.
Breslaw goes on to explain that unlike a Pinterest board which just posts photos, these individual sites are more likely to cause some serious damage to a girl's self-esteem since "80% of its content focused on slamming celebrity women for perceived weight gain or poor diet choices rather than highlighting women of a "acceptable" weight to be praised."