Allow Pro-Anorexia Pages
This petition is to support the free rights of anorexics to express their views on their illness/lifestyle on the internet. We wish to be allowed to create sites with disclaimers that express why we, as a community, should be allowed to discuss and express our illness/lifestyle on the internet, as long as we provide links to recovery sites, without our sites being deleted without our permission or knowledge. We are protected by the Bill of Rights, and our rights are being violated. Society says that supporting eating disorders is politically incorrect; yet, clothing in most stores is sold in sizes 0-12, while the average American woman is a size 14. Unlike affirmative action, there is little done to protect the rights of women over the size of 12 from being harassed for her size, or anything done to police morality and change society's view of thinness and beauty. Until this changes, we want our equal say about how to live with society's image of beauty that is forced upon us, and how we are attempting to attain that. Not all victims of eating disorders start out at a size 8, unlike what is shown in films and on TV. There are people who go to the length of surgery, risking their lives and appearances, to fit society's mold of beauty, yet we endorse and condone this. A fashion magazine can offer millions of examples of thin, waifish models whose BMIs are below 16, (16 is the lowest healthy weight- below that is considered underweight, and eventually emaciated) that are considered beautiful, but they only offer 8 or 9 examples of plus-sized women that are beautiful. We are men and women of all different shapes and sizes that are fighting to attempt to fit into society's mold of "beauty," which is not changing one bit. Until the idea of true beauty changes in society, we wish to have an equal say in it and how we will live with it. We are a product of society, and until society makes real efforts, not just saying what's politically correct, but making the standard of beauty a larger size to change the attitudes of the perfect body, we warrant a right to make sites and communities and mailing lists on the internet, as long as we provide disclaimers and links to recovery. We can't get "better" until we want to, so please don't tell us to try to force us into recovery or silence; that is not the way to approach these problems.