‘That perfect girl is gone’: Pro-ana, Anorexia and Frozen (2013) as an ‘Eating Disorder’ Film

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The study of pro-anorexia (pro-ana) sites occupies a significant place in critical feminist work on eating disorders. But pro-ana sites have been studied as particular subcultural spaces which function to produce communities, identity positions and modes of subversive/ conformist femininities. Although anorexia might often be experienced as all-encompassing, people who are anorexic/ pro-anorexic don’t just ‘do’ anorexia. They also participate in everyday activities like engaging with media and as with ‘normal’ audiences, such encounters provide important resources for identity construction. In drawing on the feminist bid to challenge the conception of anorexic voices as pathological and ‘sick’, existing only ‘outside of the true’ (Saukko 2008, 77), this article explores a sample of pro-ana responses to Frozen, undertaking an analysis of the ways in which Frozen has been understood as an ‘eating disorder’ film and used in relation to pro-anorexic/ anorexic identities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-120
Number of pages23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Anorexia
  • Pro-ana
  • Frozen
  • Elsa
  • Audience
  • Disney princess
  • Femininity

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