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I am going to call out the Midwest Writers workshop for fatphobia.
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Sarah Hollowell, who I met through MWW has worked with them for five years. She was voted to be on the organizational committee.
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But then someone said “do we really want someone like her representing us?" That person elaborated “someone so fat. It’s disgusting.” Only two people in that room spoke up for Sarah.
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They committee decided to NOT bring Sarah on board. Because of her body. But because she is “so talented” they are willing to hire her for less public things.
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This is unacceptable. And cruel. And cowardly, Midwest Writers Workshop. And you thought you could get away with it. You very nearly did.
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I guess I too am too fat and disgusting for your workshop. Which is fine. But Sarah was a tireless worker on your behalf. She is intelligent, passionate, and brave. You would be LUCKY to have her.
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You owe Sarah a public and genuine apology. And then those of you who objected to her fatness or were silent in the face of this fat phobia need to really take yourselves to task. It’s horrifying what you’ve done.
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Beyond.
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Also, Midwest Writers Workshop, never use my name as a past faculty member in your promotional materials, ever again. I’m too fat and disgusting to be associated with you.
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Patricia M. Parker Jan 10
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Mistakes were made. We can do better. I can do better. Here's my apology.
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As I said. It’s a start. But if it was said that is the person’s true feelings. Please don’t diminish the damage done.
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