Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

Crash Course in Child Development: Bioecological Theory

Sometimes when I talk with people about how media affects children and their identity as they are developing, I get the question, “But if parents just send the right message, … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gender and Media Talk Podcast – Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male

A conversation with Dr. Andrew P. Smiler, America’s leading expert on masculinity.

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

On National Super Hero Day: Can DC Super Hero Girls be What Girls Need?

It is imperative that these characters have a wide range of interests and skills that mirror the diversity found within the real girls that they hope to empower. Sexy stereotypes are not empowering.

April 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Children and Technology: Issues of Identity

It’s very important that parents and caregivers consider the issue of identity when children begin to get involved with technology. This is especially applicable to social media. Two questions that … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Life Before Equal Pay Day: Portrait of a Working Mother in the 1950s

Originally posted on TIME:
In 1956, 16% of women with children under 6 worked outside the home. Twenty-seven-year-old Jennie Magill of Hammond, Ind., was one of them. When LIFE Magazine…

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Podcast Gender and Media Talk: Boy Builders and Pink Princesses

Today’s podcast in Gender and Media Talk focuses on the research of Dr. Elizabeth Sweet, who studies gendered toy packaging and how it both effects and reflects gender roles in … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Children and Technology: Benefits and Challenges

Technology is ubiquitous in our world today. Toddlers are handed cell phones or tablets designed especially for them, tweens have their own cell phones before they even enter middle school, … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 1 Comment
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