Saturday, October 25, 2014

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 […]

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 […]

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