Last Friday, Shapeling Ginviren sent me a note about the info her not-quite-ten-year-old stepdaughter is getting in health class:
They handed out this little pamphlet sponsored by Always (which I swear to god, I probably got the exact same one 17 years ago when I was her age) [me too, 23 years ago -- Kate], which referred them to a website.
I came across this “article” and just have…no words.
I didn’t either, when I read it. It’s seriously “9 Steps toward Your First Eating Disorder!”
I think my favorite is this one:
6. If you know where your most challenging places are, stay away. If you’re aware of the time of day you’re weakest, prepare for it ahead. Never shop for groceries when you’re hungry.
If you know where — out of the zillion places you, as an almost 10-year-old girl, freely go — is most “challenging”? Like, maybe the cafeteria? Or your parents’ kitchen? STAY AWAY. Also, when you, an almost 10-year-old girl, go out and do the family’s grocery shopping? Have a snack first. Also, EATING IS WEAKNESS. AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS.
Jesus Fucking Christ. And that’s just a taste. I was waiting to post on this until today, because traffic is so much lower on weekends, but I forwarded Ginviren’s note to a few people, and Harriet, Rachel, and Paul, among others, have all written more about how disturbing the entire site is. Check out their takes.
Also, Rachel’s got contact info for Procter and Gamble, sponsor of the BeingGirl site. Please do drop them a line.