It's no great secret that not everyone gets along in the ED advocacy world. It is also obvious that the divides are getting worse and uglier. Yet, like any family, we can't just ignore one another either -- and we do have to resolve things. Hard truth: no one outside the eating disorder world cares whether we are effective or not. We need one another and we need to do a better job together.
The way forward is not through silence or holding our noses while we hold hands and sing kumbaya. We need to talk, really talk, and it will be painful and awkward.
Coalitions are possible: in the past few months, a large coalition of advocates and organizations proved that they could all come together on a topic: protesting the actions of another organization!
More and more are speaking up, these days, and we all should.