There are points made in this column that even cutters cannot deny:
Actresses Angelina Jolie and Christina Ricci did it. So did Courtney Love and the late Princess Diana. On the Internet, there are scores of websites (with titles such as "Blood Red," "Razor Blade Kisses" and "The Cutting World") featuring "famous self-injurers," photos of teenagers' self-inflicted wounds and descriptions of their techniques. The destructive practice has been depicted in films targeting young girls and teens (such as "Thirteen"). There is even a new genre of music -- "emo" -- associated with promoting the cutting culture.
This madness would not be as popular as it is among young people if not for the glamorizing endorsement of nitwit celebrities such as twentysomething actress Christina Ricci
How can people continue to say that none of that is for attention or because of a trend? What I do not agree with is the fact that this article blames hollywood. I realize that is a big source of the problem, but these teenagers need to learn to think for themselves. Maybe this is just another version of survival of the fittest? I am more-than-beginning to think so.