Jezebel is a great blog with honest writers.
Teen Vogue announced a new eating disorder in the October issue. Meet orthorexia. Dodai, Editor for Jezebel, calls the article out for pulling the oldest trick in teen magazine’s book. The trick: superficial content with the illusion of depth. Publish pictures of perfect looking, stereotypically beautiful models and celebrities in the same issue they address the real, serious issues that adolescents face. Dodai writes…
Wait! Gidus goes on to say: “It could easily lead to bulimia if you binge on unhealthy food and feel like you need to get rid of it. And the rigid nature of the disease could also lead to anorexia.” Good to know! True, the magazine isn’t outright suggesting readers try orthorexia, but here’s the picture that appears in the photo shoot immediately preceding the orthorexia story…
You can guess without looking at the post that the pictures of a thin, posed, probably airbrushed model. It’s a true, honest, brilliantly written rant. It’s fun to read because if I could go back, understand this and say the same thing to myself I would.
Since travel isn’t possible, sorry Britney, everyone has to deal with becoming an adult in their own special, uniquely, totally messed up way. We can talk about pain all day but depth is what is missing. Responding to Teen Vogue, another Jezebel writer says today:
Last week, Dodai wrote about an upsetting article in the new issue of Teen Vogue, in which one reader quipped, “I can’t help but look down on my friends when they give in to temptations like pizza or ice cream.” And as someone who struggled with an eating disorder for over five years, I can tell you this: I can’t help but feel sorry for people who make statements like that.
Hortense, the anonymous moderator and writer apparently wrote this. Her insight is that it hurts to mistake an image for who you are but not to know is half of being human. There’s no witty, lighthearted way to frame that lesson. Only empathy. And a blog, magazine, writer can only go so far with this before it gets superficial (on the creepy side). Adding depth to a blog isn’t the same as self-disclosure, it’s the opposite of the magazine’s trick. A mirror.
Jezebel writers may teeter back and forth between superficial and too much self-disclosure sometimes but who doesn’t? Teeter away Jez. This time you showed us bloggers how it’s done. BAMFs.
Anonymous posting: when you want to self-disclose that you know that’s not who you are anymore.
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