My friend and critical thinker Vanessa brought up this great topic a while back, and I needed some time to ponder it.
Is mamaVISION a Cult of Personality?
Damn, I hope so. I always wanted to be famous. Come to think of it, the blog really took off after I posted this amazing image.
(mamav, aka “shades,” a legend in her own mind).
But seriously, let’s take a look at the (edited) definition of Cult of Personality from Wikipedia” :
A cult of personality or personality cult arises when a country’s leader uses mass media to create a larger-than-life public image through unquestioning flattery and praise. A cult of personality is similar to general hero worship. However, the term cult of personality is often applied by analogy to refer to adulation of non-political leaders; an argument could easily be made, however, that the only notable differences to be found between the terms “hero worship,” “cult of personality,” or even, more simply, excessive admiration are largely in the context of the person making the accusation.
Here’s where I stand; We all need a leader.
I happen to be a solid one, with the right background, knowledge, and incredibly charming personality to lead our collective cause. Mass media needs to be utilized to deliver my message otherwise my mission will not be successful. I welcome differing ideas and admit to fault regularly so I think we are in good shape.
To reiterate the mission to 1) support young women with EDs 2) be a voice of reason for those desiring to be a model or to choose to live an anorexic lifestyle 3) educate parents on pro ana and how their own beauty/body image can/may play a role in their daughters desires.
Does anyone else care to volunteer for this position?
I didn’t think so. Those who choose to criticize generally sit at the sidelines, spewing self righteous propaganda, because they don’t have the guts to get off their butt and pour the kind of passion, time, and energy I am into creating change for this community.
My message to critics is to ZIP IT…. unless you want to join me and actually HELP by taking action, and volunteering your blood, sweat and tears.
Vanessa also brought up another interesting point: By publicizing the Pro Ana culture I am only serving to fuel it. Resulting in the exact opposite result I am attemping to accomplish.
Hmmm…I’d like to hear what you have to say about this. Oh, yeah, I am a dictator, I forgot. Shut up, I don’t care what you think my faithful followers.
Your Master Mamav