Skinny Gossip blogger comes through with some changes after getting a public whipping.
Imagine my surprise 5 days ago when we came out with our article challenging the notions that skinnygurl blogger at skinnygossip had raised when came an email from skinnygossip blogger herself urging me to reconsider the original title of our blog:
Kate Upton gets dissing from proanorexia website: Huge thighs, no waist, big fat floppy boobs, terrible body definition
She was furious with our proanorexic title and wanted us to change it to thinspiration site. At the time when we published our article I agreed that a blogger should always have the right to explore the denouement of what comes close to critical dialogue even if it involves differing points of views regarding say something as tenuous as the female form.
That said I had made the caveat, doing so without some degree of wit or conciliatory tone (showcasing starving tips of the day is rather questionable, but that is now gone) would most certainly lead to one’s undoing in the blogging world- which is exactly what happened after skinnygossip was widely cited as a pro anorexia site even if skinnygurl herself implored that she wasn’t. See our back and forth email correspondences:
After some consideration I changed our original headline from pro anorexic site to thinspiration site. Curious I had a look at google to see whether the dozen sites running the article had also made any changes. Lo and behold only ourselves and huffpo had made any changes. In fact the people over at jezebel actually took exception and really went after skinnygirl, then again I suspect they have like us a business to run and an agenda to wax with their core slightly over the top feminist female readership.
Offered skinnygurl: As a thin person, I was also annoyed by our double-standards around weight. For example, people think nothing of telling a thin woman – to their face, in front of an entire group of people – how skinny they are and even to suggest what they should eat. But I’ve never seen the reverse happen to an overweight woman.
That said have a look at the balance of our email conversation chain below and make up your own minds. Was skinnygurl really challenging female forms or being adamantly anti Kate Upton because she was 30 pounds overweight and by implication asserting that being thin is the only way to go? Or was she simply trying to explore ideas about what constitutes as the idea female form even if the context in which it was done was less than desirable?
And here are the changes: