The cringeworthy fuzziness to Sank’s work makes Slate’s decision to feature it even more questionable. Yes, this is just one image on an oft-updated photo blog on a site that’s slammed with new content daily. But as Angyal noted, anorexia is the most fatal mental illness, one whose sufferers never lack for inspiration to remain sick in our thin-obsessed society. “Mainstream media makes implicit connections between skinniness and sexiness, discipline, fitness, beauty and worth,” she wrote. “Thinspiration simply dispenses with the implications.” The way Slate presented Sank’s work, it’s unclear whether the site is thinspo-mongering or not. And that’s a problem.


Kira Goldenberg is an associate editor at CJR.