Anorexics Flap over Flappers
In March, 2004, the web page with Perseus'
Chapter 12 of The Head of the Medusa at
Fathers for Life rose to sudden prominence. The popularity of Chapter 12 of
The Head of the Medusa did not abate for some months; it actually increased
considerably during a stretch of a few months. I found that search engine
picture-searches for some reason reflected a great interest in the poster with
the Flappers shown in Chapter 12 of The Head of the Medusa,
I looked for more information as to why that was.
The interest arises out of
society's fascination with the non-problem of anorexia nervosa.
The Flappers graphic became prominent on anorexia nervosa web pages and blogs.
At least one anorexia-nervosa blog uses the Flappers graphic as the background
for its home page, which does not justice, I am sorry to report, neither to the graphic nor
the text it is the background for at that blog. Large portions
of the text on that page are not legible due to lack of contrast between the
font colour and the background colour.
However, why complain? Chapter 12 of The Head of
the Medusa had 206 visitors during the last three full days in that
March week. Some
people stayed long enough at the page to have read it all, and some went from
the page to related pages of The Head of the Medusa.
The flappers graphic had been accessed 371 times during the last
three full days in that March week. That appears to put anorexia nervosa
into the proper light. The "disease" is nothing of the sort. It is a fixation
on a surreal fashion ideal. Moreover, since then, interest in the
web pages at Fathers for Life that address anorexia nervosa dropped off by about 75%. That
more than proves that obsession with anorexia nervosa is not a disease but a
compulsion driven by a fashion craze.
But that is not all. It is also a fixation with the macabre.
Consider the ranking, according to the number of hits, for the most often
accessed files at Fathers for Life in that week of March:
2004 03 22-24
(Where appropriate, click on the thumbnail for a given graphic
to expand it to full size.)
Background used on virtually all pages at Fathers for Life
Fathers for Life logo shown [then] on virtually all web pages at
Fathers for Life
Photo of an anorexic body builder shown at the index page for the
anorexia nervosa pages at Fathers for Life
||Tune of German folksong,
Thoughts are free. The tune, its lyrics (in German,
English and French) and the story related to the song are accessible
at the bottom of virtually all web pages at Fathers for Life.
The White Rose
Symbol of a small student organization that opposed Nazism and whose
members got sentenced to death one morning and were executed in the
afternoon of the same day. The song "Thoughts are free" has a
connection with that.
(The graphic is shown at the bottom of virtually all web pages
at Fathers for Life. The story related to the graphic is
accessible there as well.)
page for anorexia nervosa web pages at Fathers for Life
TRUE! cartoon by Daryl Cagle, poking fun at the fact that "Most
women value being thin more than being 'successful or well loved.'"
Cartoon by SIPRESS: "That's porkthe meat of the pig. It makes an
excellent substitute for tofu."
(Celebrating the fact that one moderate helping of tofu provides
fifty times the recommended maximum dosage of 10 mg of oxalates. The
stuff that makes rhubarb leaves poisonous, oxalic acid, is an
The American female of the 1920's - the 'Flapper' - an independent
good time girl
The Head of the Medusa,
by Perseus, Chapter 12
(Independent? Who built the subway car they are
riding in and keeps it operational, the subway system the subway car
is running in, the machinery used to produce their clothes, printed
the newspapers they are reading, felled the logs for the pulp, made
the pulp, turned the pulp into the paper the newspapers were printed
on, etc., etc., ....?)
Sorry to say, anorexia-addicted readers, although overall
the public interest in the web pages of Fathers for Life increased between
March and December of 2004, the page
hits for the anorexia nervosa pages dropped from 6,809 to 1,767, by 74%.
That is not due to a miracle cure. It is most likely due to no other
reason than that the vast majority of anorexics apparently became bored with
their affliction and went on to other things to obsess with or to do something
If only the pandemic of
fatherlessness in the developed nations were that easily cured.
Nevertheless, Anorexia Nervosa is a fad:
Here are some inconvenient facts, welcomed by anti-feminist activists and
mourned by feminists whom young women unabashedly call "dinosaurs". It is a reality
that should give pause to ingrained feminists and their camp followers..
Anorexia Nervosa : Changing ideals of beauty,
intense insane obsession, or perhaps just a passing fad
During the week of Dec. 3 - 9, 2006, the anorexia-nervosa web page
identified here had an all-time maximum number of 42,028 visits. During the
past week (Mar. 10 - 16, 2013) the number of visits to that page was down to
46. Is it safe to say that the anorexia-nervosa fad is over?
Statistics on absolute numbers of Internet searches
that people make for the term "anorexia nervosa" are difficult to
find, but Google Trends permits
to make comparisons of trends. Let's consider search trends for two terms
that show the popularity of the term "anorexia nervosa" in relation to
something else that people search for.
Let's compare anorexia nervosa, motherhood, and fatherhood.
Well, it can be argued that anorexia nervosa no longer interests people very
much, so much so that is has lost virtually all public interest. However, if
we assume — on the strength of those trend lines
— that anorexia nervosa
has faded from public view, then fatherhood did so already quite some time
ago, and motherhood will be following soon.
Which concerns are taking their place? Do you think that feminism can
surpass them all in capturing public interest?
That was true in 2004, but feminism, too, is fading from view.
It is interesting that, over the long term, the rise, and fall from grace
(or at least the disappearance from the radar of public interest) of
anorexia nervosa closely parallel those of the fad of modern feminism.
Have a look.
Both are fads, just blinks in the history of civilization, but we have to
endure them, pay for them, and we must repair the damages they cause.
Thoughts are Free
Posted 2004 03 25
2004 12 27 (reformated)
2013 03 21 (added comment on the
decline of public interest in anorexia nervosa)