Thoughts on Tumblr Policy - Thinspo Etc.

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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.

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