Friday, August 29, 2014

Rise, Maya Angelou, Rise!

In dedication to Maya Angelou’s courage, vision, pioneering dedication to the written, spoken and living word, to her grace, sassiness and for teaching us — like no other — how to use and offer our voices, how to live with love in our hearts and courage in our souls, #Real Deal shares Maya Angelou’s poem, Still I […]

Am I Only 77% as Valuable as a Guy?

Lately, we have been hearing a bit more in the media about the economic standing of women in the United States. Some of us might have heard that in forty percent of households women are the primary or only breadwinner. And we may have also heard that women make an average of seventy seven cents […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Pop Culture as a Gendered Landscape

March 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Media Literacy, Self Esteem

I haven’t posted a new blog for a couple of months because I have been finishing up a couple of book projects that have taken up my time. I hope to get back to monthly blog posts here but in the meantime I’d love to share what I have been working on, which in many […]

Am I an Instrument or an Ornament?

I just read a wonderful article on The Huffington Post. In it, Jennifer Aniston interviewed Gloria Steinem about life and feminism in 2014. It’s full of tons of great information but one especially potent statement stuck with me. Steinem said that women are taught to think of our bodies as ornaments and men are taught […]

New Year, New You? Heck NO! – The New Year’s Anti-Resolution

How did you feel about the usual barrage of new year’s resolution marketing this year? Did it annoy you? Make you feel like you should join in? Did it piss you off and make you want to rebel against it? However much it affected you, or didn’t, odds are it did affect you a little […]

The Great Princess Debate: messages on sexuality, body image and relationships

I was 10 years old when Disney’s Aladdin came out in theaters. I grew up on Mickey and adored the music and magic of the full-length feature films, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the more recent (at that time) Little Mermaid. I remember watching a scene in Aladdin in which Jasmine attempted to seduce Jafar […]

@CameronCRussell, Marry Us on #RealDeal!

Cameron … Please consider taking the #RealDeal Pledge. and … Join us in our mission of increasing mental fitness, body esteem and self-acceptance through our evidence-based arts programs in schools. Marry.Us.   ~ Robyn Hussa Farrell, Author / Editor, #RealDeal For those who haven’t yet caught Cameron’s TEDtalk, please watch it here: Blog this!Bookmark on […]

Actress Christina DeRosa Comes Out About …

In support of the more than 38 million Americans currently struggling from any of the 6 types of eating disorders* … we are SO PROUD of Christina DeRosa for taking this brave step in coming out about her journey.  Bravo to you, Christina — you are the #RealDeal.  Check out her interview with us, here! ~Robyn […]

Not Cool Facebook… Not Cool.

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image, Fat Talk, Media Literacy

I was innocently updating my status from my phone today and saw this option… Fat is NOT a feeling. Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on LinkedinShare on Posterousshare via RedditShare with StumblersShare on technoratiTumblr itTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postPrint for laterBookmark in BrowserTell a friend

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 […]

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