I’m just popping in for a hot second here in order to share something that really grinds my gears. It ticked me off enough to feel compelled to share it immediately, for the shear rage it enlisted and also the sad fact that such titles and content continue to gather such attention.
As we are all aware of at this point, Google reader is a thing of the past and once this occurred during the summer, it was necessary to find another similar site. I made my choice of Bloglovin for its simplistic features and have been happy with the website… until today that is. Though it’s not really fair nor accurate to blame Bloglovin itself, but it’s the platform that spurs my (possibly over the top) reaction.
At the top of the website, there are a few tabs, “Home,” “Popular Posts,” “Find Blogs,” and “Feedback.” After watching this week’s episode of Homeland (oh.my.word this season is awesomely stressful), it was high time to do some mindless browsing of new-to-me blogs before heading to bed. I clicked on the “Find Blogs” tab, chose the Fitness category (hmm should probably branch out of this category once in a while), and found that number 17 on the most popular list was this gem,
OH WOW, isn’t it SPECIAL how sh*t like this is still so easily accessible?! Well perhaps that’s the most accurate statement, as anything on the internet is easily accessed. However, this Thinspiration crap is still advertised and prevalent on many popular search engines, Pinterest-like, Stumble-Upon, etc, sites out there. ARRGHHHHH.
Okay I get it, this kind of thing is everywhere and will be as long as both free speech and the Internet exist. But goodness gracious, I wish it would simply go the feck away, and leave the population alone… especially those who are more impressionable than others. I’m talking about younger ladies, early teens, someone in the throw of an eating disorder or trying to recover. Anyone thinking such images are the norm, that your true inspiration should be of a PHOTO of somebody else, who could be real or not!
Hey. You know what happens when your sole focus and goals become utilizing such tendencies and thoughts behind those images? Perhaps nothing, depending on who the viewer is. Other cases? Obsession, physical and mental deterioration, inadequacy, self-consciousness, feeling as if you are never ever ever good enough. No, the pictures are not the sole cause of such destruction, yet they sure give a mighty kick in the patooty in that direction.
At this time, I have nothing to add… I am irritated though. I thought such types of sites were at least heading toward the back burner with knowing the angst and anxiety they can cause? Well anyway, let’s try and keep pushing it that way. Please.
-Do you have anything to RANT about on this Sunday night? Let it all out if ya do
-Do you think Thinspiration-type sites are still as prevalent as they once were? I didn’t think so but….
Sorry about this ranty/yelling post, had to get it out though. Alright that’s all, time for bed… goodnight everyone!