"Thin is what we're supposed to be, not what we're supposed to talk about": a qualitative study of pro-eating disorder blogging communities

dc.contributor.advisor Lulu Rodriguez
dc.contributor.advisor Dennis Chamberlin
dc.contributor.advisor Leslie Bloom
dc.contributor.author Weare, Andrea
dc.contributor.department Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
dc.date 2018-08-22T20:54:34.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T07:43:15Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T07:43:15Z
dc.date.copyright Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2008
dc.date.issued 2008-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>This study investigates how and why an "underground" group pro-eating disorder bloggers formed a covert community on the Internet to share their emotions, offer each other support, and indulge in discussions of taboo eating practices and body image. Questions were posed during in-depth interviews with 10 participants.;The results show overwhelming agreement that the thin models the participants see in the media inspired them to lose weight. Mother and daughter relationships, as well as sister and friend interactions, played a significant role in the development and continuation of disordered eating. Their blogs provide a safe haven where they feel welcome and can freely discuss concerns they know are considered unhealthy, taboo, and even "weird" by mainstream society. While many bloggers seek thinness at all costs, they do not wish their condition on others and do not encourage others to join this online realm.</p>
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dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/rtd/15278/
dc.identifier.articleid 16277
dc.identifier.contextkey 7019397
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16412
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
dc.identifier.submissionpath rtd/15278
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/68895
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject.disciplines Mass Communication
dc.subject.disciplines Women's Studies
dc.subject.keywords Journalism and mass communication;
dc.title "Thin is what we're supposed to be, not what we're supposed to talk about": a qualitative study of pro-eating disorder blogging communities
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thesis.degree.level thesis
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
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