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Thinspiration is a growing trend in which slim to emaciated women post pictures or videos of themselves online. Deemed pro-anorexia, women post these images not for the approval of men, but to motivate each other to remain skinny or further weight loss.
On Tuesday, Instagram followed Pintrest and Tumblr by banning Thinspiration photos. According to Instagram, the photo-sharing network will no longer “allow accounts, images, or hashtags dedicated to glorifying, promoting, or encouraging self-harm.”
In the never ending argument of censorship, should these images not be allowed to surface online?
“I think that definitely needs to be censored because its giving young women the wrong views on what is beautiful and what is socially acceptable,” said Aarti Ramdaney, senior genetic engineering major.
“I think that in this case it should be censored because in this case it’s not healthy,” said Laurian Della, junior psychology and art therapy major.
“I think that people should, especially young women, should be encouraged to be healthy on the internet. I don’t think that this is promoting healthy body image,” said Kaitlin Oswald, junior neuroscience and psychology major.
“I think it should be censored because it unhealthy. Just because it’s technically the opposite of obesity doesn’t mean that it’s healthy,” said Molly McQuilken, senior genetic engineering major.
“I don’t think they should be censored. It’s freedom of speech. People may be offended by it but compare it to television. If you don’t like it, then turn it off. Everyone says worry about the kids, but where are the parents? The parents should be in charge of their kid’s internet usage,” said Momie Cisse, sophomore social work major. “The idea of these blogs shouldn’t be around. But in actuality it’s similar to a blog of big people say ‘I’m big and proud’. But being anorexic or obese isn’t okay,” said Danea Hauck senior nursing major.
“If they can keep pornography online, then these blogs shouldn’t be censored. It’s freedom speech,” said Laura Swanhall, junior biochemistry major.
“I don’t think that it should be censored, because you would have to censor pretty much everything. I just think that you should crack down on not allowing blogs to support unhealthy body image. Being proud of who you are different than thinspiration.,” said Sarah Kline, senior nursing major.
If you or anyone else you may know are suffering from an eating disorder and need support, please visit nationaleatingdisorder.org for more information.