In Your World: France makes glorifying anorexia online punishable by prison

Apparently "thinspiration" websites are now illegal in France, but businesses there are still allowed to employ very thin models.

As Reported by Telegraph UK

Glorifying anorexia or excessive "skinniness" on the internet will be a criminal offence in France under a new law passed on Thursday. A host of websites claim to offer beauty tips to girls as young as 12, including starving themselves to create stick legs and a yawning “thigh gap”. Now, those who run so-called “pro-ana” or “thinsipirational” websites risk a maximum year’s imprisonment and a fine of €10,000 (£7,344) for “provoking people to excessive thinness by encouraging prolonged dietary restrictions that could expose them to a danger of death or directly impair their health”.

The measure was voted as an amendment to a broader health reform. However, a second proposal to slap fines and prison sentences on anyone employing undernourished fashion models was abandoned last week. The measure, which sought to oblige models to provide medical certificates showing their Body Mass Index, or BMI, was dropped on the grounds that it would violate France’s employment law on discrimination in job recruitment.

Maud Olivier and Catherine Coutelle, two Socialist members who tabled the successful amendment, said: “Some sites known as ‘pro-ana’ can push people into a vicious circle of anorexia and authorities cannot do anything about it.” They insisted that it would not threaten freedom of expression on the internet, but would help distinguish between harmful sites that celebrated anorexia, and those created to support women suffering from the condition. Dr Olivier Véran, a Socialist MP and neurologist who tabled the amendment to ban particularly thin models from the catwalk, said he was disappointed not to be able to punish those who “promote malnutrition and commercially exploit people who are endangering their own health”. But he welcomed the successful amendment. “The social impact of the image promoted by fashion, in which women must be skinny to a pathological degree to be beautiful and go on the catwalk is very strong.”

France’s burgeoning fashion industry has often been criticised for promoting wafer thin models. Star Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld recently insisted that the industry refused to employ women who were anorexic. However, Ines Dauxerre, whose daughter Victoire, a former supermodel, had recovered from anorexia, said that talk of starvation diets was taboo in the fashion world. “There really is pressure on them. They are congratulated for losing weight. They are measured for their thigh circumference, but the fashion world won’t ever admit to it,” Ms Dauxerre told Europe 1.

Up to an estimated 40,000 people suffer from anorexia in France, nine out of 10 of them women and girls.

What That Means to You

If you live in France, you may lose access to sites like our beloved MPA, thinspiration tumblrs and any other site that the French government considers to promote or encourage eating disorders - regardless of whether the site actually does that or not.

In my opinion, I think it's ridiculous to restrict user & consumer-generated websites, but do nothing about the companies that promote a thin look. Anyone with an ED can tell you the companies are the real triggers. They make us feel as if beautiful and thin are synonymous and there is no other way. Way to go, France. Way to go.


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