Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

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

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

Who’s your #GirlHero?

As we get ready for the International Day of the Girl, let’s celebrate our own Girl Heroes. One of mine is my oldest daughter, Rylan. In 9th grade she decided … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who is your #GirlHero?

In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, some girl power organizations like Girlup.org are inviting people to name their GirlHero. I have several, and I’ll be sharing them … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Why “Yes Means Yes?”

Teaching our children and adolescents to be thoughtful about consent and mutuality in all of their physical relationships can only provide them with effective skills for sexual behaviors later in life. We want kids to know how to ask for consent and how to give or withhold consent in a clear way.

October 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Teaching Kids About Consent: Yes means yes

Last week I taught a series of classes on Helping Children Thrive at ACU’s Summit. As we talked about thriving, we moved into a conversation about sexual self-efficacy. When someone … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

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