Monday, December 16, 2019

Patricia Leavy on Her Highly-Anticipated Novel, Film

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent sociologist and best-selling author. She has published over 25 books, earning critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction, with over one million copies in equivalent sales. Her work has been translated into numerous languages. She is also the creator and editor for eight book series with Oxford […]

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 […]

The Days After Thanksgiving: Thankful Reflections

Joanna Poppink, day after Thanksgiving in Hotel Bel Air gardens. Photo by Delilah Hirshland After the joy, stress, sorrow and clean up is passed you may feel motivated to move ahead toward the upcoming holidays with a pang. Thanksgiving comes and goes so quickly. What was all that activity and emotion about? Your Thanksgiving may […]

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 […]

It’s Okay to Have Conflicting Thoughts on How You Want to Eat

It’s not uncommon to have mixed feelings or thoughts. I’ve written about this dynamic related to eating and body image in Starting Monday and in The Food and Feelings Workbook. How can we not have them? I lie in bed many mornings thinking about how I both do and don’t want to arise and begin […]

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