a question of moderation September 7, 2006Posted by Winter in admin, body politics.
If you moderate the comments on your blog, would you publish pro-anorexia comments or would you censor them out?
Because we write about body image issues quite a lot here, we occasionally get pro-ana and fat phobic comments and, thus far, I’ve been inclined to hit delete. As an ex-anorexic, ex-bulemic woman struggling, and sometimes failing, to get over my own eating distress, I make absolutely no pretence to any objectivity on this issue. I don’t believe that I could say anything to change the mind of someone who thinks anorexia is a positive life choice but sometimes, though, I do wonder if we should engage the opinions.
So, should we publish the comments in the interests of free debate, or do we censor them because we think they’re dangerous and know that they could be triggering for other readers experiencing eating distress. Do we have a responsibility not to publish such comments?
If so, we need to alter the discussion rules accordingly.