Thoughts on Tumblr Policy - Thinspo Etc.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

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I enjoy going on Tumblr. Not an avid tumblr user but I occasionally post, reblog,♥ and browse but last year while doing just that I came across some positive tumblr's to do with weight loss and with me struggling to lose those last 20lbs needed I started following a few.

I started noticing they was reblogging from other weight loss blogs that I decided to go browse, which in turn, turned out to be 'thinspo' (thinspiration) and 'pro ana' (pro anorexic) themed. This truly shocked me - why? As I know there are such blogs, forums dedicated to that stuff. Self rewards for purging and not to mention the 'trends' !!




I was only speaking about this to a friend very recently and I understand these are serious illnesses but encouraging others to go about it is just as dangerous. One person may not be so lucky 'dying to be thin' and to get praise for being the first to reach the goals of trends.

Trends such as thigh gaps, collar bones, hip bones, ribs and back bones to be visible.

A blog is a personal space - some use it as an open diary/journal, our blog is for us to express our thoughts and beliefs but where or is there a limit line?

This week Tumblr released a new content policy that will prohibit blogs that they find inappropriate  :

These typically take the form of blogs that glorify or promote anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders; self-mutilation; or suicide. These are messages and points of view that we strongly oppose, and don’t want to be hosting. 

Don't post content that actively promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm. This includes content that urges or encourages readers to cut or mutilate themselves; embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or commit suicide rather than, e.g., seek counseling or treatment for depression or other disorders. Online dialogue about these acts and conditions is incredibly important; this prohibition is intended to reach only those blogs that cross the line into active promotion or glorification. For example, joking that you need to starve yourself after Thanksgiving or that you wanted to kill yourself after a humiliating date is fine, but recommending techniques for self-starvation or self-mutilation is not.


Reading thinspo bloggers reactions to the new content policy is what you would expect - not positive.

A non thinspo blogger made this point regarding the new content policy :

I'm not promoting or glorifying eating disorders or self harm. I’m a healthy weightloss blog. I think Staff has gone a little loco. I mean I get where they’re coming from but some if the people that have self harm blogs, for example, have them to express themselves in ways that they can’t on any other site. In most cases, their blogs are what’s keeping them alive . This is the place they come to escape and be supported instead of judged. And I don’t mean support as in saying “cutting is good” I mean support from people that are helping them recover. Same for EDs.

With Tumblr wanting to actively put this policy into action if successful with doing so where else will these thinspo bloggers go ? To Pinterest of course.


Images are from Tumblr 

20 Comments so far

  1. I was active on Tumblr months before I started my blog here.. Well, I really started my beauty blog at tumblr and then transferred here. I ocassionally go to the site and reblog, like and even follow some weight loss blogs too. I have no idea that there were blogs that are pro ana. I think it's great that tumblr staff are concerned and took a step against eating disorders and self-mutilation blogs but other than shutting down tumblrs they need to find a way to truly help the people behind those blogs.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Joanne, yes it's quite sad that there is pro ana blogs on there. I agree 100% with what you said, they should try and find ways to help those behind the blog because shutting it down is not stopping their problem, they'll always find other ways to put their views across.

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  2. I think this is a policy that should've come into play a long time ago. Most websites have to draw a line somewhere. What makes Tumblr any different? It's especially bad that there are no real age restrictions. In my experience, the only way around this is to really push the exposure of what an ED really is. As harsh as it may sound, some people need scaring. If I had the guts, I'd setup a blog to do just that.

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    1. Yeah but with age restrictions nobody takes notice of those unfortunately and I know for a fact there are a lot of young people on there and young girls participating in these type of themed tumblrs.

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  3. I used to always go on tumblr but I started getting fed up with seeing all of the pro-anorexia pages. Of course, I could just unfollow the person who was writing them but it's not stopping the fact that they are, in a way, promoting it. I know people have their own blogs and they should be allowed to write what they like on it but I think you have to draw a line somewhere. If you're starting to change the way you view yourself after reading these blogs on tumblr then it's definitely not right - I started looking at myself differently after reading one of them. However these people will still have anorexia in real life and will still do all they can to lose weight. It's not stopping the problem, just disguising it which is a shame but there's only so much websites can do. Hopefully they'll find help in real life.

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    1. I do believe that it's right that tumblr took this stance, I was just shocked it took them this long, like it was said above in the comments it's not going to stop the problem they need to find a way to help these people not just banning their blogs because they will find some other sites to 'glorify' and promote this.

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  4. Eating disorders are no joke and they're nothing to be glorified, they ruin families and break hearts especially when you see a loved one suffer from an eating disorder so to see Tumblr taking this stance is such good news.

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    1. It's true, ED do ruin families and cause more damage than anyone knows. For me it's heartbreaking when I've stumbled upon a Tumblr and it's a young girl who is rewarding herself for so many days of purging and really are glorifying the issue to others.

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  5. I think its about time really, there's a lot of content on Tumblr promoting this and no girl or woman should be looking at it. Healthy body image needs to be promoted instead :) x

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    1. That's exactly it. Unfortunately a healthy body to a lot you hear remarks that the woman is 'fat' and that kind of mind set needs to stop x

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  6. I'm pretty active on Tumblr and I always see blogs of the "thinspo" nature. I'm glad that Tumblr finally took a stand and is putting a stop to them. It especially bothered me because when I browse Tumblr, lately I'm noticing that these bloggers are extremely young! One Tumblr that I saw was owned by a user as young as 11 years old! In my opinion, that's crazy in the first place, but I'm glad that Tumblr is starting to crack down, which will hopefully shield the youth from thinking things like this are "cool".

    http://www.itsgreeds.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow 11 years old. Yeah and I wonder if these young girls even have these thoughts before seeing these type of blogs to begin with, it encourages and most time plants the seed into these illnesses.

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    1. Truly is, but at least they are finally taking notice. x

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  10. I wish this policy would have came in play A LONG time ago. I think Blogger/wordpress should do the same. I really ama glad people are acknowledging sel-harm is not "in"

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    1. Definitely, these things need to be monitored a lot more on a lot of sites.

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