I could have just added this as an update to my recent op-ed on the struggle of male eating disorder awareness but it’s such a “face-palm” and embarrassment to organizations who claim to speak for diversity that it’s worthy of a separate post.
I came across this event being promoted by The National Eating Disorders Association(NEDA) and “Proud2BeMe” who is the name sponsor. Great event. A great group of activists participating. I love that. Lots of diversity except for… Can you figure it out? See anything wrong with this picture?
This is Eating Disorder Awareness week. The once a year event to hammer down on creating change. Something that should be every day of every year but that’s a different blog. This is the week to create awareness! Yet somehow, these two organization that are supposed to speak for males and females did not see fit to put a male participant on the panel.
Being a lawyer by trade, this is will be my closing exhibit in my argument that men with eating disorders are marginalized. I rest my case. When NEDA and Proud2Bme are the marginalizing offenders, its no wonder males are not pulled out of the shadows. It becomes a lot easier to justify to ourselves that we are alone and no one cares. Shame on them. I hope it’s a wonderful panel. Hopefully they are embarrassed enough to quickly find a guy to participate. I hope they wont’ embarrass themselves further by claiming there were no guys to participate. They had my email.