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Attention writers of high-school and undergraduate papers:This is not reference material on the disease of anorexia. If you want to learn about the disorder, or find help for yourself, I suggest you find an appropriate medical site or (Reason forbid) book. This article is a review of Pro-Anorexia Sites. To get an idea about what this website is about, click on the main page. This is not a website about anorexia. It is about Internet Crackpots on the web. I am happy that this page brings so many visitors, and I thank you. Now back to our regularly scheduled ridicule.
Ana's Creed is reprinted from several websites calling themselves "Pro-Ana;" indicating the authors believe that anorexia is a lifestyle choice, in the manner of many styles of dress and manner in evidence in the halls of high-schooldom, such as the punks, the goths, rockabilly cats and kitties, and, from a few years ago, Swing Kids. The Anas are the anorectic/bulimic girls who want, basically, to be like faeries; ethereal, lithe, and, of course, invisible.
The Creed indicates fundamentalist, cult-like thinking: the chaos/control, black/white dichotomies, salvation, a false ideal of perfection, and the worthless sinner. But this , to me, is also simply immature thinking; it's what happens in the minds of many preadolescents and adolescents trying to separate their identities from those of their parents and the world around them. Obviously it indicates, too, an eating disorder.
Since I am not a licensed, clinical therapist or eating disorder specialist, I will try to avoid much theorizing on the psychology behind anorexia/bulimia. However, I can speak from experience(and I can refer you to another of my articles, Diet Quackery, Fat Acceptance, and the Goddess Anorexia). I was among the majority as a teenaged girl. I was part of the "eating disordered" set called dieters. I know the language of these websites very well, thank you.
Why perfection, and how do they know what perfection is? I think the problem is, they only know what perfection is not. Themselves (and Jane Russell here).
Perfection is for the religious and gullible, in my opinion. It is for the magical thinkier. Perfection resides in heaven. Perfection is never, under any circumstances, of the body. It's above it.
Who are these girls? Barring stereotypes of anorectics in general, the girls who make the websites I have seen are American, and Christian. There have been arguments made to the effect that anorectic girls tend to be from WASP-y upper-middle income families. The girls that make these websites certainly have access to the tools to make websites, certainly. But does Christianity influence them? According to them, yes. And why not? The current thinking on anorexia is not so much beauty consumer-culture, like one wants to assume. Capitalism/Materialism is the cause!" they scream. But lately the literature suggests that family dynamic; the power struggle in families has more to do with it. What value system is a better fit than the value of sacrifice, and the biblical power structure that has the daughter at the bottom of the well? What better way to gain control in the family than seizing back control of one's own body, when the family-"value" system gives control over one's person to 1. God, 2. Daddy, 3. Mommy, 4. Son, 5 any other assoted sons?
Things of the flesh-womanhood, fertility, sex, food=bad. Things of the spirit-faeries, control, monklike, aesthete-like denial=good.
Some of these girls believe (or if they wish hard enough it will come true) they can train themselves to survive without food. Those that say otherwise, well, those are just naysayers, skeptics, The Masses, The Man trying to keep them down. They are the lone rangers, the solitary geniuses proving them all wrong.
Judging from the number of pro-ana websites that are being shut down or are hopelessly outdated, it looks like they haven't proven it yet.
I wonder how they're doing?
There has been a recent buzz about this page, mostly by the misunderstood Fairy Girls themselves. The only legitimate criticism I can find is that this page is older than they are. Hence, an update. This I dedicate to them.
I don't mean to be mean. One of the poster girls for the Dove Campaign for "Real Beauty" complained that I was imposing my opinions on everybody. I totally and completely agree, and I'm really proud that this girl is able to behave like a cool fat girl by realizing she had the right to take up some space and impose her opinions on everyone.
Don't get me wrong. I think that the Pro-ana girls should write poetry and make websites and start anorectic rock bands and write anorectic cookbooks and decorate anorectic birthday cakes to their hearts' content. If they can't manage to believe they deserve physical, material space and mass in the world, they should at least take up as much material space they can in the form of bandwidth. Perhaps some of it will rub off.
However, the sites are really good at spreading false scientific claims, like the fallacy, no pain no gain. The philosophical arguments against that alone are too numerous to mention. I can only trust that these intelligent girls will discover soon enough, unless Christianity has indoctrinated them beyond hope, that pleasure is gain and pain is not a virtue nor is it a good value. (Don't listen to that Calvin fellow. Pain is not God's love)
So, to properly celebrate pleasure, one of the best pleasures being cuisine, I leave my friends with my best recipe, becasue there are better and more interesting things to do than suffering: namely, cooking and eating. It's what all the cool kids are doing.
Hellbound Alleee's Chili
1 Large Walla-Walla Onion
1 Orange, Yellow, Green, or Red Bell Pepper, whichever has the loveliest color (although yellow seems to stand out the best)
3 or 4 cloves garlic
3 or 4 small red potatoes
1 can Super-Sweet corn
1 small package bacon: maple cured is great!
1 pound French Biftek (boneless steak, nice and tender)
2 hot Italian sausages, broken apart, membrane removed
1 28-oz can stewed Italian-style tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste, flavored or not
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 big can dark red kidney beans
1 package chili seasoning, or add your own combo of salt, pepper, cumin, at least 4 teaspoons chili powder, a little thyme, and a touch of black-strap molasses, or a tablespoon of brown sugar.
Chop bacon into small pieces and fry in dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels, set aside.
Chop steak into small bits and stir fry over medium high heat for 3 minutes ONLY. Remove immediately and set aside.
Sautee the sausage for about 3 minutes. Add onions, garlic, and peppers, stir fry until tender.
Add spices, stir.
Add tomatoes, sauce and paste, fill tomato paste can with water and add this.
Drain corn and beans, add
Chope potatoes in small cubes, add, stir.
Add the meat.
By now, the lage mixture should be bubbling. If it doesn't make sure it does before you cover tightly and turn the heat down to low or warm, depending on your stove top. Let simmer for an hour or until potatoes are tender.
Serve with cheese, sour cream, and especially Fritoes Scoops. It's delicious and nutritious, and serves a large family, or you, for three or four days. Make sure you have plenty of cold drinks on hand.
Eat chili, and visit my website at HellboundAlleee.com . See how imposing my opinions can get!
review written by Alleee, 11/2002, updated on 15 July, 2005.