Saturday, October 22, 2016

Could You Avoid Mirrors for 1 Year? Kjerstin Gruys Did

This past May sociology PhD candidate Kjerstin Gruys released the memoir “Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall:  How I learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at it for a Year.”  The book chronicled Gruys endeavor into wedding dress shopping, something that ended with her owning four possible wedding dresses.  This experience, and her recovery […]

Dress Shopping is an Exercise in Loving My Body

A few years ago I was shopping at a cute, trendy boutique with some friends.  As we were rifling through the racks I spotted a sweet red dress, a halter that was short and flowy.  As I picked it up my eyes went to the top of the dress, the part where there were two […]

Finding My Most Amazing Self

The woman who cuts my hair and gives it its natural shade of blonde said something to me the other day that brought me down a couple of pegs.  I was having one of those days where I felt tired, I was cranky, I certainly did not feel pretty after waking up with a pimple […]

“Act Like a Lady”? Nah.

I run the Facebook page “Pop Culture Feminism“, a page dedicated to presenting challenges to the media’s representation of beauty. I spend a lot of time googling around, looking for positive body images quotes as well as inspirational sayings. I have seen my fair share of the oddities that the internet can serve up (my […]

Music and Healing

Songs: Tori Amos “Silent All These Years” Alicia Keys “Brand New Me” Welcome to my first column for We are the Real Deal! I am very excited to be contributing to the website and to share my appreciation for music and pop culture. To introduce myself, I have PhD in sociology and I study the […]

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