Big debate brewing over at LiveJournal (LJ) because the leaders of the community suspended 2 members and posted their Terms of Service (TOS) as a reminder to their members to follow the rules of the road.
You can read the TOS here, basically LJ is restating the law and reiterating the types of judgement calls they need to make when they delete posts or suspend a member for breaking the law as it pertains to online communication.
Here’s the main issues as far as I can tell:
1) ProAnas are threatened their boards will once again be shut down or be censored. LJ staff is doing the censoring, so the content that may be deleted is subject to their interpretation.
I am 100% freedom of speech, regardless of harm in their words to their community, I believe the members should be allowed to express themselves, their tips, and tricks regardless of how sick to my stomach it makes me. If they think it, let it be out there for all to see, we can’t hide from reality.
If you do not agree, and you believe the proanorexia sites should be shut down, here is a petition you may join to do so.
2) The proanas that post the worst of the worst content on how to starve, tend to be highly arrogant, and this is hard to accept at times.
As you read their journals its hard not to fear for their safety and the safety of the girls reading their posts…but bottomline for me is they are allowed to believe in the lifestyle they choose.
3) In my view, LiveJournal is attempting to limit their liability in the event the next person takes their own life via starvation or desparation. They are attempting to say “We do not support these starvation techniques, we are community to help you OUT of anorexia.”
The community may have started as a support forum, but as we all know too well, it has evolved into a death forum. Let’s see how many death forums are out there; in my 5 minutes of intense googling this morning I stumbled upon:
271 “Pro Ana” Communities on LJ (couldn’t help but notice we now have ‘ana moms’ jumping onboard).
Wondering what the YouTuber’s are up to? Over 3300 videos out there for your viewing enjoyment.
Sure there are certain communities within LJ that are about support, such as those lead by King Josie;
For those seeking support under 16 years of age, go here
Or try We Bite Back!
However, it appears the vast majority are about the desire to starve and beat yourself up until you are as thin as Richie. As LJ said themselves, “It’s not a crime to desire to be thin!”
Agreed. Your prerogative.
4) So why to I care? I consider it my job to expose this underground community to parents who are not paying attention to what their daughters are doing online.
I also am a voice of reason for those looking to get out of the ProAna community, a place where many have retreated to in order to escape the hell that is purposeful starvation
(don’t misconstrue this with anorexia the mental disease….two distinctly different things, so let’s not rehash this point please).
I have certainly learned one thing in the past year of blogging on this topic, the proana community is getting stronger and larger, reinforcing the need to expose the problem. On the positive side, I know first hand that a lot of you that are “on the fence” or have had enough of the proana lifestyle are now here, and you are listening.
For that I am grateful. There’s a better life out there girls, stick with me and you will find it.