Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

LEGO Objectifying Little Girls: Makeovers for the under 12’s

I have argued against girls needing pink, “girlie” LEGO since Friends was released. Because girls need the chance to build, learn, and create, not to be reminded that they are … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Webinar: Sexualized Media and Children

I’m so excited to be a part of Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s Parenting Series again this year! They have developed a great line up of resources for parents this year. … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pre-Release Special: Mom says, “My daughter will grow up soon enough!”

So, to all the toymakers and movie producers and TV executives and clothing manufacturers and even adults and peers who want to push my daughter towards adulthood faster than necessary, I say, “Chill!” She will grow up soon enough.

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Pre-Release Special: Collett Smart

To celebrate the February 28 release of my book, Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics and Consumers, I’m having a pre-release sharing of some special … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

I’m dreaming of a non gendered Christmas

It’s that time of year, when children everywhere start thinking about what they want for Christmas.  If you watch Saturday morning commercials or other advertisements directed toward children, you’ll see … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

Agents or Objects: Which will you be?

Are women and girls primarily agents in their own lives or objects to fulfill the needs in the lives of others? This question was brought forward very strongly to me when … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is the Thin Ideal Harmful?

There has been a lot of research done that shows us that exposure to objectifying and sexualized images  really does make a difference in the way kids feel and behave. … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 2 Comments
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