Many sites are now inactive and the sites that do exist lead to dead links. This has been a frustrating aspect of research, but it also speaks to not only the way in which these sites are subject to closure, but also to the fact that there seems to be an ambivalence towards eating disorders themselves. A common theme that permeates these sites is the inconsistency between Anorexia as a lifestyle and Ana as a burden. The turmoil expressed must reach a certain point until many of these girls and women seek treatment (this is a common pattern for those who suffer with EDs). These two factors, (sites being shut down as well as their authors abandoning the community to seek treatment) would explain the sudden inactivity.
Monday, March 9, 2009
And it all started when....
The phenomenon of the Pro-Anorexia web community has seen its hey day. The sites existed as an underground and secret community. It was not until the early 2000's that such sites got media exposure. At this point many were shut down. Yahoo and other hosts claimed that they had violated their user agreements not to post anything dangerous and harmful. The exposure of such sites caused an uproar in the media. The sites changed the way that many healthcare professionals were to deal with girls in treatment. More importantly for online members and website hosts, their identity, function and practices would have to be renegotiated.