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Tell Tumblr to Ban Dangerous Thinspo Blogs!

    1. Angela Sekelsky
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      Angela Sekelsky

      Scranton, PA

While Tumblr may be a great place to find support for those dealing with problems such as eating disorders, self-harm, and depression, it is also a place where such things can be encouraged. One great example of this is called "thinspo," which are blog posts consisting of often extremely underweight young women to encourage viewers to go to great lengths to lose weight. Often, thinspo is considered as a support system for those with eating disorders, but it is hardly that at all. Furthermore, it is also dangerous to younger viewers, even if they have no eating disorder at the time. We feel that thinspo blogs are highly dangerous thus should be banned from Tumblr.

Many thinspo blogs even go further and inform viewers how to hide their eating disorder and also techniques how to lose weight. 

 

Please, Tumblr, ban thinspo blogs from your website due to the severe danger of allowing such content on your site.

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    1. "A New Policy Against Self-Harm Blogs"

      Angela Sekelsky
      Petition Organizer

      I'm unsure if our petition had anything to do with it, but Tumblr has finally decided to ban all blogs that promote self-harm, including thinspo blogs. it looks like we have won.

    2. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Kristine Cobb RICHMOND, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have suffered from an eating disorder to the point where I have wanted to cut the fat off of my body to see the blood and fat drain from my body to make myself thin--this isn't okay to promote. These girls need help getting OVER their eating disorder; not encouragement to keep it going.

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    • Justine Imbruglia RICHMOND, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I can't believe more people haven't signed. I don't think people truly understand the difference between a tumblr or blog that supports women who want to lose weight in a healthy way and that of the thinspiration, thinspo, thin support, and pro-ana tumblrs.

      Some thinspo tumblrs clam that they aren't endorsing eating disorders but that's hard to believe with quotes like "your stomach isn't grumbling it's applauding" or "I want to be the smallest I can possibly be...when I see bone, that's the day I'll finally feel free..."

      I think we as a people deserve our freedoms especially freedom of speech but not at the expense of others especially those are at some of their weakest and most vulnerable moments. I support someone wanting to lose weight but it won't matter how much weight you lose if you don't love yourself at all. These kinds of tumblrs need to come down they are promoting self harm and low self esteem. Please ban them.

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    • Savannah King NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC
      • almost 3 years ago

      While eating disorders are much more complicated than dieting, thinspo blogs were one of the biggest factors that pushed me over the edge from disordered eating to eating disorder. They encourage disordered eating as a norm and promote unrealistic body ideals.

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    • Kris Zebarth OTTAWA, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      Websites that preach slowly killing yourself to impressionable youths all in the name of "beauty" that is fabricated by manufacturers of "beauty" products designed to make you unsatisfied with yourself so you spend more money. Hmmm....how could this be wrong? We don't preach "go contract AIDS!" or "Give each other Pink Eye!" or even "Share your drinks because Meningitis is the best!" so why should we preach "Deny your body the nutrition it needs to function so you can reach such a point that you no longer resemble a human being!" It's wrong, it's irresponsible and quite frankly rather reprehensible.

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    • Michelle Vermeulen LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      Nobody else should have to give six years of their life to an eating disorder because other people thing its beautiful.

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