Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Positive Pick: Go!Go!SportsGirls

One of the things that I advocate for both adults and children is becoming a media critic. A critic not only points out negative media products and messages, but also … Continue reading

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July 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

Boy-vs-World

I recently talked about the Greatness Book for Boys. One of my pet peeves is when children are told that there is a certain range of interests that are for … Continue reading

July 27, 2011 · 5 Comments

Harry Potter Proves It: Kids Want Quality Entertainment

Along with just about everyone else, my older daughters and I recently saw the last Harry Potter film. We’ve enjoyed reading these books and seeing the films over the past … Continue reading

July 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Women as Products: A Country Says NO!!

Iceland has become known as the country that promotes the value and equality of women through their national policies.  In fact, Iceland passed a law banning businesses from profiting from … Continue reading

July 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Glamour-vs-Greatness: What’s a girl to do?

From the Archives: A post examining the gender stereotypes that are often presented to children. Girls are promoted glamour while boys are sold on greatness. So I was shopping with … Continue reading

July 15, 2011 · 8 Comments

Healthy Sexuality and Children

How To Model Healthy Sexuality for Our Daughters : Ms Magazine Blog. In the article linked above, Joyce McFadden, psychoanalyst and author of Your Daughter’s Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women, shares … Continue reading

July 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Objectification vs Mutuality: From Bristol Palin to Harry Potter

In my writing about sexualized media and its focus on representing females as objects rather than agents, I have often referred to the need for a more complex depiction of … Continue reading

July 6, 2011 · Leave a comment
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