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

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

Old Dominion Frat Case: No laughing matter

Old Dominion fraternity displays sexually suggestive signs at student drop off and gets suspended. Some say it’s just a joke, in poor taste but not suggestive of rape, while others … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pink and Blue Toy Aisles Part 5: What can we do?

In this series we’ve been talking about how media and marketing depictions impact children. Research has shown us that there are patterns of how girls and boys are depicted, and … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Pink and Blue Toy Aisles Part 2: Messages about girls and boys

A lot of people are making a big deal out of Target’s plan to get rid of gender coded toy aisles. I have to ask, what’s the deal with the … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 1 Comment
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