Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Well, it is certainly a busy day for the anorexia-sellers. First, a story on the IMDB about a website (it started off as a blog, bless their little hearts!) that sells "Save Mary-Kate" t-shirts. I took a peek at the site, and let me tell you that the shirts are U-G-L-Y, they ain't got no alibi, they're UGLY! Uh-Uh-Ugly! Somebody did a terrible drawing of Mary-Kate Olsen, Photoshopped a "hip" font on top, and voila! Instant nanosecond blip on the pop culture radar screen. The funniest part is that the t-shirt makers are trying to give away a percentage of the sales to the National Eating Disorders Association, who said, "Uh, thanks, but no thanks, jerks." So now they are actively seeking someone else to take their money. I bet they are not seeking TOO strenuously, though. To see the hideous t-shirt (and the comments people have posted about it) go:

  • HERE!


  • Then there was an article on an Australian site called The Age today, about the proliferation of pro-anorexia websites and the merchandise they are flogging to young girls the world over:

    "The phenomenon of weborexics first became apparent about three years ago with the emergence of so-called pro-ano, or pro-anorexia, websites. But they've taken a sinister turn, with several sites cashing in by selling pro-ano merchandise, including teddy bears, "ana" bracelets and tank tops with slogans such as "nothing eaten, nothing gained"....

    Many of the homepages and forums have been disabled but a plethora of sites can still be easily found. Anorexics can now go online and for between $US3 and $US25 buy a red-beaded "ana" bracelet - a symbol of solidarity that identifies them to the rest of the community. The bracelets are designed to help anorexics resist their hunger by being worn on the hand used to eat with.

    Red bracelets signify anorexia and blue "mia" bracelets represent bulimia. Green symbolises recovery."

    Whoa! "Mia" bracelets? Weborexics? I am SO out of the anorexia loop! I HAVE noticed that "ana bracelet" is the number one most popular web engine referrer for Felt Up: The Blog, as I've mentioned before, but I had no idea this was such a phenomonen. "Nothing eaten, nothing gained?" Do parents let their kids buy this crap and wear it to school? WHAT IS GOING ON? This really makes me ill.

    I think I am going to market a line of pro-fat-girl bracelets, perhaps a cuff, made of some kind of wrinkled or ruched material to simulate cellulite, maybe in white (to represent fat), and I will call them "Kirsties." You can wear your Kirstie on the hand you eat with, to remind you to eat everything on your plate, ask for seconds, and demand to see the dessert tray. As long as someone hasn't already beaten me to the punch.

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