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Post-Thanksgiving Angst: A Response to “5 Reasons To Date A Girl With An Eating Disorder”

Thanksgiving break is over, and similar to hearmeroar12, I have spent the past week stuffing my face with the glorious and mouth-watering dishes of my family’s cooking. I too have never felt so freaking FAT, however, I’m trying this new thing called Not Giving A Shit About What Society Thinks Of My Weight. I am feeling happily satiated and guilt-free about my week of happy eating. With eating disorders statistics increasing yearly, and every facet of mainstream media imploring women to buy products so they may just BE PERFECT ALREADY, it’s hard to maintain a healthy body image.

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Hearmeroar12’s newest blog post touches upon the grievous misconception many individuals have on what dictates a healthy body. I agree with her statement that healthy bodies exist in a multitude of shapes and sizes. There is truly a need for less fat-shaming and more body acceptance! Therefore, you must understand my absolute horror over a recent article my friend sent me. She too found it’s infuriating content harrowing at the least, and disgustingly ignorant at best. Alas, dear readers it is true, another misogynistic bigot has decided to open his mouth on the “ 5 Reasons To Date A Girl With An Eating Disorder”. **Meanwhile, thousands of feminists worldwide explode into a million pieces**

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Just when I think individuals, in this case misogynistic assholes, can’t get any worse I am proved SO wrong.  Tuthmosis, the ingenious blogger behind this post, has graced the Internet with five reasons why he believes women with eating- disorders are the most dateable.  Citing oddly similar reasons as the other egregiously off-color article of “ The Case Against Female Self-Esteem”, Tuthmosis additionally believes women are more attractive when vulnerable and self-conscious.  As revolting as “ The Case Against Female Self-Esteem” was, this article seems even more sickening as it plays against a serious mental illness.  For instance, one particularly salient point that he listed literally made my jaw drop. This one was #5 which was “ She’s Better in Bed”. Tuthmosis states that crazier girls, in his experience, are always better in bed because  “she has just the right cocktail of pent-up insecurity, neuroses, and daddy issues to ensure that your whole building knows every time you’re beating it up” It is absolutely abhorrent that he would employ a mental illness as something to be promoted because it makes girls better in bed. How can he completely ignore the harmful aspects of an eating disorder and instead list it as a great reason to have sex with a girl?

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Eating disorders are absolutely NOT something to encourage and promote in young women as desirable and healthy. According to ANAD.com, up to 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder in the US, 50% of those enter the criteria of Depression 1, AND it is has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.  With statistics such as these that highlight eating disorders’ detrimental effects, how can anyone write a blog praising it? It truly makes me sick and brings to mind the absurdity behind thinspiration and pro-anorexia blogs. I can’t decide if Tuthmosis is a complete ignorant idiot, or just plain mean.  In any case, I can’t help but feel sorry for his pitiful outlook on love, and physical and mental health for young women.  Eating disorders are never something to be made fun of, nor encouraged in young women. They are, quite literally, a deadly reflection of the effects unrealistic beauty expectations have on women.

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