Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

It’s Time to Respond to the Sexualization of Children!

Last Friday there was a segment on 20/20 on the sexualization of children. The segment provided some good information about why sexualization is a problem. What was missing were any … Continue reading

November 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Story of Us: Why Communities can Help in the Fight Against Sexualization

Sexualized media offers children and adolescents a view of the world that is idealized and  unrealistic. With the consistent images of women and girls as “objects” and narratives that promote … Continue reading

November 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Positive Pick: Communities working together

Even when I feel frustrated with the way others in our community see this issue, I’m comforted by knowing that we did stand up. There is power in that. There is strength in that which is much stronger than the prevailing “who cares” that we get from much of the area on many, many issues. I hope that we take something powerful away from this, even though nothing changed immediately. I hope that we remember that we must stand for something, that life is not about living it with your head in the sand and a “who cares” on your lips. Those attitudes do not change the world. People have scoffed at all of those who have dared to stand up and say, “This world can be a better place,” from Martin Luther King to those fighting for women’s right to vote. It’s easy to stand on the side of the road and scoff at those who want to make changes. It’s easy to say, “who cares”, “no big deal”, “live and let live.” It’s much harder to get out there and stand up for what you believe is right. That’s what our community did, and we will make a difference. Small groups of people who are passionate about changing the world are the only ones who ever have.

November 18, 2011 · 2 Comments

Letter To BAM

To Whom It May Concern: Our local store of Books-A-Million, which is in the mall with a high percentage of children and families as clients, is hosting a Playboy signing tomorrow … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

Plea for Help: Tell Books A Million to listen to the community

UPDATE: Here’s a number to call 800-826-3038 and ask for Customer Relations. Today I learned that the Books-A-Million in my town (Abilene, Texas) is hosting a signing tomorrow of Playboy magazines by a … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

On the Journey: Learning to Embrace Your Past

This week-end I had the opportunity to spend some time with a group of women who spend their time nurturing, supporting and encouraging adolescent girls. As a gift to them, … Continue reading

November 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

Positive Picks to Fight Bullying: Bully Busters, A Super Hero, and More!

Bullying is a big problem in our country today. Today, I wanted to share some great resources and advice for dealing with bullying. First, I just had to share this … Continue reading

November 11, 2011 · 4 Comments

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