Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

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

No limits for girls!

I am loving this new spot by Always in their Like a Girl series of ads. Did you know that 72% of girls feel that they are limited by other … Continue reading

July 7, 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

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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