Saturday, December 3, 2016

I’m With Her, Because She’s Always Been With Me

Graciously re-posted by Joslyn Smith. My family lived three miles down a dirt road in rural Arkansas. In 1990 my fifth grade class trip to the State Capitol in Little Rock introduced me to the work of the First Lady of Arkansas. She inspired me to think about how to make a difference in the […]

Authentic Body Love in the Media

This week Lane Bryant released an ad campaign that we at #RealDeal are proud to get behind. A giant leap forward in ending weight stigma and fueling body acceptance.  Brava! Robyn Hussa Farrell Editor, #RealDeal

Support #GivingTuesday and Mental Fitness

This December, the Mental Fitness nonprofit (we manage the #RealDeal body image site) is participating in the December giving #GivingTuesday, a national month of giving! Our nonprofit’s goal is to raise at least five thousand dollars ($5,000) towards our 2016 programming that connects evidence-based mental wellness programs to schools across the nation in an effort to get […]

#WhatIsBeautiful Interview with #MakeItFair Founders

Robyn Hussa Farrell, Editor of #RealDeal, interviews Nadia Quinn and Patricia Noonan, two of the Founders of the #MakeItFair campaign to learn how they define beautiful.  (see the full interview about #MakeItFair here) 1.  What is the #MakeItFair campaign? #makeitfair is a call for gender equality in the stories we tell, the wages we earn, and the future we […]

#MakeItFair Interview With #RealDeal

Robyn Hussa Farrell, Editor of #RealDeal, interviews Nadia Quinn and Patricia Noonan, two of the Founders of the #MakeItFair campaign shedding awareness and light on gender inequality in the entertainment industry.  Check out their interview about our #WhatIsBeautiful campaign, here.   1.  What is the #MakeItFair campaign? #makeitfair is a call for gender equality in the stories we tell, the […]

Femininity and sexism

Why are qualities that are considered stereotypically feminine so often dismissed with negativity? Why is it that crying is weak, and why is it that even now a woman is often the one responsible for affection and nurturing? The only answer I can come up with is that sexism still plays a big role in […]

What If You Were Friends with Ingrid Nilsen or Caitlyn Jenner?

This week I’m so inspired by Ingrid Nilsen. She shared a video about her coming out journey that is really sweet and beautiful. Nilsen courageously wore her heart on her sleeve talking about the inner struggle she experienced. When a friend or family member shares their inner being, let’s be there for them. How can […]

Childhood Anorexia and P.A.N.D.A.S. – A Missing Link?

New evidence suggests some cases of childhood anorexia nervosa may be caused by a treatable syndrome called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). When I started researching PANDAS I came upon hundreds of stories of healing. Some were heartbreaking to read and learn what the children and families went through. But most end with […]

#RealDeal Applauds #FatIsNotAFeeling

@MentalFitness and #RealDeal’s very own Caroline Rothstein has been part of launching an international movement.  In just a few days, her #FatIsNotAFeeling video had over 1 million hits after this BuzzFeed article was released. This week, HuffPo writer, Hannah R. Winsten outlined the counter-movement being formed (#FatIsAFeeling) and described how “Endangered Bodies, the feminist, body-positive activist and support group […]

Tinder and The Age of Online Dating

Tinder has become all the rage recently; all of my friends are talking about matching with someone or getting a message, and I’m over here like what the heck is Tinder? Do you mean the thing you start a fire with, that sort of tinder? As a 23-year-old graduate student I wouldn’t say that I […]

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