Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

What is sexualization anyway?

Since this blog has attracted a lot of new readers lately, I thought it was important to go back and revisit the idea of sexualization. I talk about it a … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Inspiration for World Changers

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Living Life Fully

Last year during January, I shared about my colleague, Randy Harris, saying: “The one who wins is the one who can die happily. Who can look back on their life … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Truth about Beauty: Tatum and her Beads of Courage

Tatum is a precious little girl who used to live down the street from us. Tatum’s mom, Mandy, posted this picture on Facebook recently, and I thought, “Now there is … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 9 Comments

Enlightened Sexism: Why power through sexuality is bad for girls and women

Girls are getting some very contradictory messages about where their value lies and what they can do to gain power. We say, “You can do it all” and media and marketers add, “As long as you’re sexy while doing it!”

January 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Steubenville and Sexualization

I am haunted by the case described in this article in the New York Times of a high school girl who, while unconscious, was reportedly dragged to different parties and … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 32 Comments

A Lesson Learned: Children and Agency

Recently I had a moment of internal conflict. I write and speak about letting our children define themselves on their own terms instead of putting them in pink and blue … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

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