“Starving Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have”: The Pro-Ana Subculture as Edgework

@article{Gailey2009StarvingIT,
  title={“Starving Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have”: The Pro-Ana Subculture as Edgework},
  author={Jeannine A. Gailey},
  journal={Critical Criminology},
  year={2009},
  volume={17},
  pages={93-108}
}
  • J. Gailey
  • Published 25 March 2009
  • Psychology
  • Critical Criminology
The media have been focusing on websites that are “pro-anorexic” to illustrate the pervasiveness of eating disorders in the US. This study focuses on the narratives of women who participate in “pro-ana” sites using Lyng’s (Am J Sociol 95:851–886, 1990) concept of edgework. Results indicate that women struggle with feelings of loss of control and through various skills are able to resume control. These data point to the intense emotive reactions fasting elicits, reactions which both reinforce… 
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