Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

Building Sexual Self-Efficacy with Elementary Aged Children

When it comes to building sexual self-efficacy with elementary school aged children, it’s important to think about a few things. Remember, in late elementary school, children may begin to experience … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexual Self-Efficacy: How do we build it?

Sexual self-efficacy is incredibly important for sexual health. So, how do we build sexual self-efficacy? Let’s think about some specific things that caring adults can do to help children build … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexual Self-Efficacy: What is it?

This week-end I’ll be giving a keynote address at a conference on sexual health. I believe that one of the most important issues that we can understand in terms of … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Silly Sexiness on Halloween

Oh my word. I was looking at Halloween costumes online at a big box store and among the offerings for women were some of the silliest things I’ve seen. These … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Have a Sexy Halloween!

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!”

October 22, 2015 · 4 Comments

DC Super Hero Girls: Heroes Girls Can Believe In?

Super hero stories are often stories that empower and inspire. They tell of imperfect heroes, flawed but powerfully rooted in moral codes. We cheer heroes on as they fight against the dark forces of the world. Their stories lead us to want to be like them, to make the world a better place. Just like the rest of us, girls and young women want characters that can inspire them. Can DC Super Hero Girls rise to the challenge?

October 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Media and Gender Talk Podcast: The ideal woman and feminism in the 20th Century

Today in Media and Gender Talk I’m talking with Dr. Laura Carroll, associate professor of English in the Department of Language and Literature at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Carroll studies … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment
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