A Note on Thinspiration

So I’m going to wrap up my alphabet series with two more articles. Here’s “T” on thinspiration. You may have heard of it in relation to Tumblr pictures. Just like my posts on body image and body positivity, I like to occasionally address these issue because I think image does correlate with identity, including gender and sexuality.

According to Oxford Dictionary, thinspiration is “(especially in the context of anorexia nervosa) used in reference to something or someone that serves as motivation for a person seeking to maintain a very low body weight.” http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/thinspiration

Thinspiration was a thing for some time, until Tumblr noticed. Now, if you type in Thinspiration in the search box, you’ll get the notice above. This is a notice before seeing extremely thin models and quotes like:

“Don’t stop trying because one day, you will be thin,”

“Everything looks good on skinny,” or

“It’s not about being skinny or pretty, it’s about being both. being perfect, and not a pound more.”

Notice that they didn’t take them off Google images. Also, Tumblr isn’t blocking them, it’s just giving you a little check up. To me, Thinspiration is just making the beauty standards of particularly women, needing to be super thin, like they need to not take up space, even more prevalent and important.

When it’s not. You’re perfect the way you are. Remember that.

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Originally published at queersmatter.wordpress.com on December 31, 2015.