I wrote an essay, “One in 50 Million,” that was rejected by Skirt! magazine—a very cool women’s publication, which is now available only online. The magazine’s theme for that month was something like social issues that have affected you personally.
Skirt! had published an earlier essay of mine, “From Part Time to Parting Time.” The theme for that issue had been “narrow escapes.” My essay had been about leaving a job just before things got a lot worse at the organization.
My essay that Skirt! rejected was about being bullied, along with my (mostly women) colleagues, by a male boss. I’m not including the essay here, since after writing it, I wondered if I could be sued for libel over it. I don’t think I could, but I’m checking with attorneys. I don’t know why Skirt! rejected the essay—unless it was because they had the same concerns about libel as I did.
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