Oakland, California (PressExposure) April 22, 2008 -- Each Wednesday from 8:00-9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, dating expert and author Deborrah Cooper hosts Sucka Free Dating â The Smart Relationship Talk Show on BlogTalkRadio. The broadcast features live interviews with authors, life coaches, therapists and educators. Guests and listeners discuss a wide variety of topics, focusing specifically on dating, romance, love and interpersonal relationships.
The cultural and racial perceptions of body image and weight, and how such perceptions translate into romantic desirability for single men and women will be the focus of Sucka Free Dating â The Smart Relationship Talk Show (http://blogtalkradio.com/askheartbeat) with host Deborrah Cooper on Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific. The live, call-in show will feature two guests active in the body acceptance movement; Dr. Lisa A. Breisch is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist who specializes in working with plus-size individuals. Breisch also owns Club Round, which sponsors activities such as speed dating nights for plus-size teens and adults and their admirers. Laurie Toby Edison is an internationally exhibited photographer "Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes" and body image activist, who blogs at Body Impolitic (http://www.laurietobyedison.com).
"I believe that a very wide range of bodies are beautiful" said Edison. "We need to learn to appreciate this in ourselves and in others to open up our dating lives."
Adds Cooper, host of the program: âweight in America and our prejudices and assumptions about men and women that are larger in size are the issues on the table. My guests and I will discuss the challenges of plus size singles when dating, how weight affects self-image, the cultural and racial perceptions of what is 'fat' or 'beautiful,' and how all this impacts mate selection criteria. We will welcome the contribution of ideas and experiences from listeners during the broadcast.â Listeners are invited to call 347-327-9215 during the show or log onto http://www.blogtalkradio.com/askheartbeat.