Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Because now we're actually living inside the black comedy...

...and from this vantage point, it's not quite as funny.

I'm currently working on an assignment that's due in just under two weeks time. In order to stay on top of it, I spend several hours every night poring over all the details of yet another new and exciting mental disorder, and then writing all about it. Last night found me learning all about the joy that is anorexia nervosa. And by "joy" I mean anguish and suffering on a variety of levels for all involved. So imagine how coincidental it seemed this morning as I sipped my first cup of coffee and scrolled through my Google reader where I found this post over at Unsprung about eating-disorder inspired Halloween wear:

The costume is called Sexy Anna Rexia. Yes, you read it right. To be entirely honest, I'm sure there's probably a time in my life when I might have found this kind of amusing in an "oh shit that's gonna offend a lot of offendable people!" kind of way, but after reading all about the ins and outs of anorexia until 1 in the morning, I was actually kind of grossed out. It's really wonderful to see life-threatening mental illnesses receiving the compassionate attention and treatment that they so deserve.

8 comments:

Dan said...

Have you ever stumbled across any "pro ana" websites or forums. These are places where people with anorexia (but want to keep it) go to encourage each other to continue loosing wieght.

They are morbidly fascinating places and give you a good first hand insight into the disorder. I don't have any specific sites so just google it.

Amelia said...

Those are not 'rexic boobies.

Jeff said...

It would be a little easier to share in your disgust of this costume if she didn't look the way she looks. I mean I barely noticed there was even a skeleton on it.

CamiKaos said...

um, yeah. If she would just loose the tape measure she could go as hot skeleton girl with big ol boobies... and there would be nothing wrong with that.

It is sad that as a culture such a horrible condition is accepted so heartily as to be mocked and embraced in Halloween from.

sybil law said...

Ew.
That girl should probably be wearing a genital herpes costume. Now THAT would be funny! :)

Whit said...

You're right. You're right. Still, I'm just looking at the boobs.

I'm sorry.

Kristi said...

Sometimes I like to make fun of the anorexics. Then I think that's a very mean thing to do. But then I do it again.

radioactive girl said...

I almost died of it, so as you can guess I am with you on finding the costume not in the best taste. Interesting that the same people who think this is funny probably wouldn't think a cancer costume was too funny.