- Me: But I have about fifty books at home I haven't read, there's no reason for me to buy these.
- My brain: Okay, but consider this: more books.
Good people of Tumblr:
I’m a writer working on a story about “thinspo” culture for a popular teen magazine. Tumblr folks know about this stuff; the latest thinspo trend is the "bikini bridge," the new term for the gap that appears when your swimsuit bottom rests on your hip bones and leaves a space underneath. (It’s been getting some media attention.) Last year’s big aspirational trend was the ”thigh gap,” the name for the space between the thighs when a slim girl stands with her feet together.
People take different tacks on thinspo. Some young people think that, in small doses, and on a case by case basis, depending on what it says/looks like, thinspo messages, memes, photos and videos are okay. Some think that stuff is always damaging, and particularly harmful to those with eating disorders.
I’m looking for teens who’d be up for talking about how thinspo culture has influenced their feelings about their bodies. What do you think about thinspo in general? Does it influence your thoughts about your body? How about your eating/exercising? Have you ever used it as motivation to lose weight? When do you think thinspo crosses the line? We’re looking for a range of perspectives—girls who have had direct experience with an eating disorder, girls who have not, and everyone in between. You don’t have to participate in thinspo culture to contribute to this discussion. It’s an open conversation. Also, if you’re not okay with your name in print, we can discuss how you can contribute to the story in a way you’re comfortable with.
If you’re interested in participating, send me a message, and I’ll reply with more details about the magazine, and how the interviews work.
Perhaps it is possible to imagine year’s end as having some temporal edge effect, to see it as the place where desire and expectation intersect with actuality. And to look at this time of year as an interval during which one is suddenly more attentive to that friction between the finished and the unfinished, the energy that lies between the done and the undone.