No, it’s not funny. Not in the least. The Huffington Post brought attention to a boy’s-club blog that takes disgraceful to a new and disturbing level.
The title of the article: “5 Reasons to Date a Girl with an Eating Disorder.” The main image shows an attractive, well-dressed female kneeling over a toilet with her hand shoved down her throat. A smaller image (posted under the subtitle “She’s fragile and vulnerable”) is of a very thin girl crouched on a scale, with her hands covering her face in shame. The five reasons you should date her?
1. Her obsession over her body will improve her overall looks.
2. She costs less money.
3. She’s fragile and vulnerable.
4. Probably has money of her own.
5. She’s better in bed.
But moving on.
Instead of printing the rest of his smut, we’d prefer to cast light on the people who deserve it -- the millions of women and men who suffer from an eating disorder. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point during their lifetime, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).
As for the site’s definition of this disease: “Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. They are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help.”
The columnist of the boy’s blog seems to welcome the negative feedback since he has posted a number of the “how dare you” Tweets on his Twitter (feel free to tell him how you feel). By the way, the writer does not offer his name, only an alias. So as clueless as he may appear to be, he clearly is not.
His column reminds us of the disgusting email written by the Georgia Tech student last month, who offered his fraternity brothers advice on how to lure “rapebait.” Young men using the power of the Internet to spread their despicable opinions has become an alarming, not to mention frightening, trend.
While we may not have the authority to stop it, we can bring awareness to it, hence the other power of the Internet.