Tumblr is a fascinating forum to watch the progression of different trends, whether surrounding distribution fashion or culture in general. More recently, tumblr has been critiqued as a forum that enables the manifestation and distribution of unhealthy body standards. Tumblr accounts can have hundreds of thousands of followers, and furthermore have huge impacts on the malleable body images of young followers. A relatively recent fad that was popular on tumblr within the past year was the idea of having a “thigh gap,”” meaning that young girls would set a goal for their body weights centered around the idea that if their thighs touched when their feet touched, they were too fat. A seemingly unrealistic goal was made perfectly feasible when searched on tumblr; a home for thousands of images of malnourished models with impossibly skinny legs. Tumblr as a company was criticized for the amount of pervasively unhealthy images that were being distributed to malleable youth across the world, rightfully so, even if it was the content that was flawed and unhealthy, not the medium per say.
I thought this issue of medium versus content was relatively interesting, and I was curious to see if tumblr did anything to address this important issue that had tangible consequences. Here is what I found when I searched “thigh gap” on tumblr.
It really isn’t much in the big picture, for unhealthy images are still circulated quite often on tumblr, but I still found this to be a step in the right direction on the part of the company. It is important for them to address that some of the content on their site is unhealthy, even if they can’t ban it or regulate more formally, necessarily. I found this to be a particularly fascinating move on tumblr’s part, and was wondering what other’s thought about the effectiveness about this installment on their website.