Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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 […]

Media Literacy Minute: Condescending Clairol

Do women need to change regularly to keep their man “guessing” and interested? Apparently, Clairol’s Nice ‘N Easy brand thinks so. In a thirty second spot that airs across multiple platforms, including cable and web, the viewer is in need of a change, regularly. (See the spot here.) The guy in the add tells us […]

Body Image Myths and the Last Accepted Prejudice

A lot of us spend a lot of time consuming media from all directions. Print, online, video, audio. We are bombarded with messages about how we are supposed to look. For women, the pressure to achieve the ideal female body image is powerful. All-around we are shown images of hyper-slim, either tall or petite, large […]

An Exclusive Interview with Feminist Patricia Leavy about Receiving a National Creativity Award

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and novelist (formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Founding Director of Gender Studies and Chairperson of Sociology & Criminology at Stonehill College). She has published sixteen books including the best-sellers Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (Guilford Press, 2009, 2015) and novels American Circumstance (Sense Publishers, 2013) and Low-Fat […]

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 […]

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