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    Pro-Ana/Pro-Mia Sites *possible ED trigger warning*

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    There's a big debate right now if Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia sites should be allowed up on the web, or if the hosting companies should take them down. Pinterest has recently attempted to block all pro-ana/pro-mia content.

    For those that do not know, Pro-Ana stands for Pro-Anorexia, and Pro-Mia for Pro-Bulimia. These are websites that have photos for "thinspiration", "reverse thinspiration", tips, tricks, Ana's Creed, Thin Commandments, and usually a forum for people to talk.

    What do you think MSOS? Should they be up on the web?
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    As someone who has suffered from an eating disorder (and still struggles occasionally) I think these web sites should be banned. It's so easy to slip into these habits or fall back if you are in recovery.
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    I do not believe in censorship of any kind, with VERY few exceptions. Child Porn is the easiest exception to think of. In fact I can't think of any more.
    Because people think posting these types of sites leads people to make bad choices they should be banned.
    Because people think sites which talk about abortion, or even glamorize it leads people to make bad choices, those should be banned.
    Because people think sites which talk about glamorizing fattening food leads people to make bad choices, those should be banned.
    Because people may target convicted pedophiles and harm them, there should be no information on who is a convicted pedophile online.
    And the list goes on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KittenMittens View Post
    As someone who has suffered from an eating disorder (and still struggles occasionally) I think these web sites should be banned. It's so easy to slip into these habits or fall back if you are in recovery.
    Isn't that YOUR responsibility to not read those sites then? And maybe put up other sites which talk about how bad it is for you? Or because you struggle with something, I should not have access to it?
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    I think it's really funny when people come on here, and automatically assume that everyone here is a gung-ho, hoo-rah, i-bleed-red-white-and-blue, kiss-my-military-ass, people-in-uniform-can-do-no-wrong, and i'm-entitled-to-everything bitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guynavywife View Post
    I do not believe in censorship of any kind, with VERY few exceptions. Child Porn is the easiest exception to think of. In fact I can't think of any more.
    Because people think posting these types of sites leads people to make bad choices they should be banned.
    Because people think sites which talk about abortion, or even glamorize it leads people to make bad choices, those should be banned.
    Because people think sites which talk about glamorizing fattening food leads people to make bad choices, those should be banned.
    Because people may target convicted pedophiles and harm them, there should be no information on who is a convicted pedophile online.
    And the list goes on.
    So do you think pinterest shouldn't have blocked the pro-ana/mia content?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guynavywife View Post
    I do not believe in censorship of any kind, with VERY few exceptions. Child Porn is the easiest exception to think of. In fact I can't think of any more.
    Because people think posting these types of sites leads people to make bad choices they should be banned.
    Because people think sites which talk about abortion, or even glamorize it leads people to make bad choices, those should be banned.
    Because people think sites which talk about glamorizing fattening food leads people to make bad choices, those should be banned.
    Because people may target convicted pedophiles and harm them, there should be no information on who is a convicted pedophile online.
    And the list goes on.
    This exactly. Censorship is a fine line. If you have a problem with these sites, it should be your responsibility not to look at them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Guynavywife View Post
    Isn't that YOUR responsibility to not read those sites then? And maybe put up other sites which talk about how bad it is for you? Or because you struggle with something, I should not have access to it?
    Yes, it's my responsibility, and no, I don't go and read them on purpose. I don't go googling anorexia photos or looking for trouble on the internet because I personally struggled with an eating disorder. But have you ever seen these sites? It's absofuckinglutely awful - people are putting their lives in danger by starving, binge eating/purging, and other ED behaviours. This is NOT a "community" that should be encouraged. I was a part of a pro-ana community for a while, and I remember being told to "stay strong" and not eat more than 200 calories one day, because I'd only exercised for an hour. It's sick and unhealthy.

    While I know this is something we can't control/instantly ban, it's something that people should be aware of. The reason I slipped into an eating disorder was from viewing these websites, perhaps that is why I am so biased. I didn't know what I was reading, I just knew it was fascinating. I wanted to know who Ana was, and then how I could be skinnier/better/prettier like the photos that I saw. It was all stemming from one eating disorder forum. The sites are addictive, manipulative, and can easily become an obsession. I came *this* close to death because of "Ana's Creed" and would never want anyone else to go through what I did.
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    I think it should be up to the host. I do not think they should just be banned altogether, but I have no problem with Pinterest, Instagram, tumblr, etc blocking the material.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    I think it should be up to the host. I do not think they should just be banned altogether, but I have no problem with Pinterest, Instagram, tumblr, etc blocking the material.


    I don't want to randomly scroll through Instagram or Pinterest and find photos of unhealthy, thin, sickly women. That's a terrible trigger for so many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyLouWho View Post
    So do you think pinterest shouldn't have blocked the pro-ana/mia content?
    I believe that private companies which do not hold a monopoly or near monopoly should be able to do what they want in this regards.
    I do not believe that general ISP's or hosting sites should ban them though.
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    I think it's really funny when people come on here, and automatically assume that everyone here is a gung-ho, hoo-rah, i-bleed-red-white-and-blue, kiss-my-military-ass, people-in-uniform-can-do-no-wrong, and i'm-entitled-to-everything bitch.
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