Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Fun and Empowering Halloween Costumes

In the last few posts I’ve shared my concern with the sexy Halloween costume trend. Halloween is coming up quickly, so if you don’t already have a costume here are … Continue reading

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October 30, 2014 · 3 Comments

Silly Sexy 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 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Men Try on Sexy Halloween Costumes

Buzzfeed recently featured men trying on sexy Halloween costumes. As they squeeze themselves into these ridiculously scanty outfits, the men realize how uncomfortable and stupid these costumes are. Think about … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

No More 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 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

You are Enough: Speaking Words of Power

Today in class, one of my students challenged us to write words of encouragement on post it notes and share them all around our university campus. All day I was … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sexism in Video Games: Tropes, Trolls and Terrific Upstanders

this post was shared by Amy Jussel on Shaping Youth. Check her site for continued updates. Amy wrote the original post in response to threats that Anita Sarkeesian has gotten … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s International Day of the Girl!

This past week I’ve been sharing my Girl Heroes. Today I share my final hero, my daughter Catherine. She inspires me with her courage. Catherine loves dance, but family circumstances … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment
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