Ana by Sierra DeMulder
(AUTHOR’S NOTE: This spoken word piece is published in the online literary magazine The Legendary. I am posting it on my tumblr because this is where I first found Pro-Ana blogs. Suffering is an addiction. I was addicted to self-abuse for years. We need to learn that there is NOTHING empowering about lessening ourselves. We are all worthy of love.)
Pro-anorexia is the support and promotion of an eating disorder as a lifestyle choice. Often, online communities provide tips and encouragement, and affectionately refer to themselves as Ana.
I would never speak to a child
the way I speak to myself.
There is nothing empowering about lessening yourself.
You are a vanishing act. Your body, the magic hat,
pulling out nothing. Your body is a clothing wrack,
your body is my favorite sweater shrunk in the drying.
Less is more less is more less I know
more less I know more or less how to love myself.
Hair loss is a side effect of bulimia.
If you are so hell-bent on losing your hair,
here are the scissors. Here is the razor.
Why don’t you shave it? Why don’t you
donate it? Why don’t you braid me a fucking scarf?
You beautiful martyr. You knuckle-kissing saint.
You are a mother bird and we are all your children
and we are all so hungry. We want to see a staircase
around your lungs. We want to hang ornaments
from your collarbone. We want nothing
to do with your softness.
They don’t show big girls in the magazines
like they are afraid to show men what childbirth looks like.
It is too real, it is too bloody.
Dear First World,
what a privilege it is to hate our bodies.
Ana, when your loved ones
carry your coffin, will they doubt
there is a body in there?
Like an empty suitcase.
A silent instrument.
I too have pulled at my torso.
I too have imagined hemming my body.
I suck it in. I suck it in. I turn off the light
before I let him love me.
Ana, imagine yourself as a little girl.
Tell her she is not good enough. Tell her
she is ugly. When she comes to you hungry,
do not feed her.
Your body is not a temple.
Your body is the house you grew up in.
How dare you try to burn it to the ground.
You are bigger than this.
You are bigger
you are swallowing yourself.
Your voice is so small.
- dontmiss-this reblogged this from sierrademulder
- goodluckgabby likes this
- ohlorditsjord reblogged this from sierrademulder
- juliedoesstuff likes this
- strings-and-paper likes this
- earthlizardwrex likes this
- ariabanana likes this
- thankgodforestaban reblogged this from sierrademulder and added:
- emblabillington likes this
- maggieboooo13 likes this
- lashaa1 likes this
- calmwithintheblizzard likes this
- leaf-vein reblogged this from sierrademulder
- in-fini-t likes this
- lions-teeth05 likes this
- graspinggravity reblogged this from sierrademulder
- wonderlustxoxoxo reblogged this from sierrademulder
- lunastumblsalong reblogged this from sierrademulder
- youmethedog reblogged this from sierrademulder
- fandemonium96 likes this
- thestarlesswanderer reblogged this from sierrademulder
- thestarlesswanderer likes this
- gracelesshealing likes this
- 0hcaroline likes this
- sadvein reblogged this from sierrademulder
- dopaminedisparity likes this
- dopaminedisparity reblogged this from sierrademulder
- youbeautiful-catastrophe likes this
- 1wr1tes1ns-n00t likes this
- impressmyheroes likes this
- livinginmiasma likes this
- livinginmiasma reblogged this from sierrademulder
- rented-emotion likes this
- irritatingblonde reblogged this from sierrademulder
- irritatingblonde likes this
- wumithepooh reblogged this from sierrademulder
- wumithepooh likes this
- ayeeeepapi likes this
- lost-desperate-dreamer likes this
- strings-and-paper reblogged this from sierrademulder and added:
- itslovelymaria reblogged this from sierrademulder
- itslovelymaria likes this
- sarcasmandstardust reblogged this from astoldbysydney
- myheartbeatsafteryours likes this
- conformingtoacounterculture reblogged this from astoldbysydney
- astoldbysydney reblogged this from sierrademulder
- mynameiselly likes this
- ollygollymolly reblogged this from sierrademulder
- pissybae reblogged this from vamoose and added: