Tuesday, December 07, 2004

"Ana's Underground Grotto"- This girl knows everything!

Many pro-ana and pro-mia sites begin with a disclaimer stating that anorexia is a disease and they are not trying to give it to anyone. It is wild that they even do this, because I don't believe it subjects them to any less ridicule. They probably get more criticism actually for having a disclaimer that contradicts their site. Ok, many of them do admit that they have a disease, they just say they are not ready to get better, but the fact that they try and say they don't want to help people be anorexic is ridiculous. Half of these sites are full of tips on how to stave off hunger without consuming calories and how to fool your friends and family into believing that you eat.

I recently discovered a site called "Ana's Underground Grotto," http://www.plagueangel.net/grotto/id1.html that actually makes a distinction between two different kinds of anorexia. There is the involuntary kind or the eating disorder (ed) anorexia, which she admits is a disease. This people may follow the same practises as she does, but they have no self-control. These girls hate themselves as well.On the contrary, there is a group called "volitional anorectics" who voluntarily starve themselves, overexcercise and obsess about food and being thin.

I actuall agree with 'Plagueangel' that some people become anorexic involuntarily and some make a conscious decision to. I think that bringing anorexia into the main stream culture through pro-ana websites has a lot to with it, because for the first time, girls are being directly recruited for the lifestyle. Once it takes over their life, though, I think volitional and ed-anorexics alike have the same damn disease.

In support of volitional anorexia, PlagueAngel says that girl who practice it are bringing self-control back into American culture. She quotes Eleanor Roosevelt saying,"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Shesays that unlike ED-anorectics, volitional anorectics live by this motto. I really think a person must have already lost control over their lives when the idea of obsessively controlling their own weight begins to make them feel better.

Another bit of cynicism that I tend to agree with on this site, is where she says, "if the majority believes it, its probably wrong." There are many reasons that I believe this, and its not that hard to see why if you just take a look at the popular music these days and most obviously, the current political situation, but this girl sites as an example the food pyramid. First of all, I don't really think most people believe in the food pyramid... they certainly don't follow it or half this country wouldn't be ridiculously overweight! Secondly, the majority may usually be wrong, but I believe if something takes over your life and thoughts, destroys your health, takes away your ability to have children and will eventually kill you, it is probably not quite right either. good luck, plague angel!


Blogger alys said...

Hey, my name is Alys, and I am contacting you from a radio station in Ireland called Newstalk Radio.

We were planning on doing a feature on the pro-ana phenomenon and I was hoping that you might be available to speak with us on our programme about your experiences.

If you think that you would be available or interested, my e-mail address is alys@newstalk.ie

Thanks a million, alys

August 27, 2007 at 3:18 AM  
Blogger chelseaR69 said...

I hate how ppl always criticize and try to controll anorexics!
Ive had an ED for years and am underwieght but idc! You should live and let live

April 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger revealme said...

hey, my name is zoe from spfld, massachusetts, usa, and I have a big reaction to this site. I have been on and off with ana/mia since i was 10 years old, i am now 18, and i know the difference between ed and volitional anorexia...there isn't a big one. Once you get into starving and purging and restricting and overexercising...it becomes obsessive and you want to believe that you are controlling it, but really you are not. I am currently recovered and at a healthy weight, back up from a history of 73 pounds at a height of 5'5". UNHEALTHY!!!!!
Good luck everyone!~Zoe

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January 2, 2009 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Mia Darling said...

It drives me crazy when people think that our minds can be magically changed, that suddenly we'll decide that starving or purging is something we shouldn't do. We know that it's a crime against nature but we also get a sense of control that nothing else gives us. Such is life i suppose, sometimes you do what isn't right on other's eyes but what people dont understand is that to us it feels right.

June 5, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger anaNObanana said...

Yeah... I think I became anorexic accidentally... I was trying to loose weight, and one day Mom wasn't home so there was no one to feed me. I didn't even give food a thought! And hunger dosen't bug me; I can starve for ages! I'm on day five, of my fast. ;D

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Blogger LadyEmpath said...

Hey, if anyone is interested, the original Ana's Underground Grotto content is now hosted at the new, upgraded ProAna Site and Forum, Project Shapeshift. *This is an 18+ Community*
Site URL: www.project-shapeshift.net
Forum URL: www.project-shapeshift.net/phpbb/index.php
One must register to see and participate in the Forum.

October 11, 2010 at 1:02 AM  
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June 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Gina Smith said...

Or try out The Ana Refuge for members 13+ . It's an active proana forum message board with over 200 members.


June 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM  

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