Low-Fat Love has 44 ratings and 9 reviews. Ebony said: I sincerely love the idea of social fiction, and I actually started to like Prilly who was a hot m. Patricia Leavy .. Low-Fat Love unfolds over three seasons as Prilly Greene and Janice Low-Fat Love suggests women seek new ways to see that are. An Interview with Renowned Feminist Author Patricia Leavy about Low-Fat Love. Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and novelist.

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This summer, I tried something new with my sociology of gender class. Rather than assigning a traditional textbook or a reader, I had the class read a work of fiction based on social science research along with a few topical nonfiction works.

I fay nervous to see if my students, who are used to big lecture halls and multiple choice tests, would feel comfortable discussing the novel and would come away from the class with a better understanding of the social scientific themes embedded throughout the text.

But my fears quickly went away. In fact, the discussions the work of fiction inspired were patricoa of the best of the semester.

My sociology of gender class read Low Fat Lovea social science fiction novel by Dr. Leavy introduces the reader to two female protagonists, Prilly and Janice, who work together at a publishing house in New York City.

Both Prilly and Janice struggle with their jobs, their relationships, and their senses of self. Prilly is a bright young woman with a promising job.

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Janice also has unfulfilling relationships, particularly with her husband, her son, and her extended family. To compensate, she throws herself completely into her work and even tries to sabotage other women by setting unrealistic expectations for them to achieve.

To the outside world, Janice may seem hardworking and driven, but inside, Janice is quite sad and lonely. These two characters, Prilly and Janice, represent two different models of femininity, both of which lavy relatable to my students. All of my students knew at least one person like Prilly.

And, having just read Guyland by Michael Kimmel, they knew about men like Pete, young white men in their twenties who seek relationships without commitment.

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These arrangements often leave women, and sometimes men, unsatisfied. My students hoped for more for Prilly: They wanted her to find a better model of self-esteem either by finding a better guy or by working on her relationship with herself I sided with the latter suggestion. Janice, on the other hand, gives off the appearance of excessive self-esteem.

She puts up a hard outside shell to prove to the world that she is strong and can handle the cut-throat world of work.

Low-Fat Love by Patricia Leavy

Janice sometimes sabotages other women because she wants to succeed in her career. Though this is ultimately counterproductive for women in the workplace, Janice feels threatened and responds in the only way she knows how.

My students also hoped for more for Janice: Assigning a novel based on social science research was patricka to me, but it was well worth it.


The discussion about the novel was one of my best class discussions to date. The students related to the characters and used the different scenarios in the text to make relevant sociological points about gender. Moreover, the students felt lsavy talking about the novel.

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While sometimes they were unconfident in their abilities to understand the other nonfiction, traditional sociological books, they knew they understood the material from Low Fat Love and they wanted to talk about it. I will use Low Fat Love again in my classroom and I urge others to consider it, too. Teaching the Novel Across the Curriculum: A Handbook for Educators. Fiction in the sociology classroom?

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. I couldn’t put it down.

Low-Fat Love

I wanted to see how the characters’ lives untangled. I loved how Leavy challenged my cultural assumptions. This book would be great to teach. Students will have a lot to talk about as they discover a ‘sociology of everyday life’ embedded in the fiction. Leavy has a well-established, international lwo as a patriia and leader in qualitative research methodology, but what makes her work singular is that she is also a public intellectual whose scholarship is taken up by wide-ranging communities.