Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Patricia Leavy on her Ground-Breaking Novel Spark

We sat down with Dr. Leavy to learn all about her new novel, Spark.  Here’s the interview! Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent sociologist and best-selling author. She has published twenty-six books, earning critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction, a rare feat by any author. Her work has been translated into numerous […]

Anita Hill — How Much Have Things Improved?

Last week, John Oliver did a fabulous look-back reflection on sexual harassment — through the lens (and voice) of Anita Hill.  This impactful interview will get you thinking … at least it should.   Our question here at the #RealDeal is this … After watching this piece, do you think we are on the trajectory […]

Exclusive Interview with Patricia Leavy about her 25th Book Release and Feminism Today

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent sociologist and best-selling author. She has published twenty-five books, earning critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction, a rare accomplishment. Her work has been translated into numerous languages. She is also the creator and editor for seven book series with Oxford University Press and Brill-Sense, the co-founder […]

Authentic Body Love in the Media

Republishing this inspiring gem from 2016 … 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

Staying Sane #RealDeal Style

With all that is happening around us politically, socially and environmentally, we need some serious strategies for staying sane, #RealDeal style. Below is a Top 5 list … but we’d love you to add your additions in the comments. In solidarity, Robyn Hussa Farrell, Editor #RealDeal Top 5 Pics for Staying Sane this Summer #1.  […]

Know What You Are Reading Before You Read It!

#RealDeal is bringing back this post from 6/9/12 in the interest of media literacy. In last week’s post “Why Voting Matters for Girls…”, I discussed the importance of girls understanding the power of their voice in politics and mentioned that I would compile a list of resources that offer a selection of liberal (“left” or […]

Phenomenal Women: A Portrait Gallery of Role Models by Robyn Hussa Farrell

In celebration of the 10th year of this empowerment blog site, #RealDeal Editor, Robyn Hussa Farrell, shares this “gallery of role models” and fierce women leaders. Each of the below paintings were created while reflecting on the abundance of women role models in my life.  In honor and celebration of each of them, I wanted […]

Conversations with Patricia Leavy Part 3: Social Justice

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent sociologist and best-selling author. She has published twenty-four books, earning critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction, a rare feat by any author. Her work has been translated into numerous languages. She is also the creator and editor for seven book series with Oxford University Press and […]

Do these look like Plus-Sized Models to you?

January 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Activism, Body Image, Media Literacy

Hey #RealDeal tribe. This post was originally published on Jan 27, 2012.  We are bringing it back to ask the question … HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?  Take a look…   The average American woman is a size 14. Average size model is a size 0. Average “plus” sized model is sized 8-14. Check out the latest […]

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 […]

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