Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Are Women Agents or Objects?

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

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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

Consequences of the Thin Ideal

When we talk about the Thin Ideal, what we mean is the idea that thinness is equal to beauty for girls and women. I shared a disturbing article with you … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sayreville Football Case: It’s rape, not hazing

You know what should be in our blood in every town? Standing up for our children and their well-being, putting our humanity before all else. Otherwise, we perpetuate a space for abusers to continue to prey on the real innocents. When we love a game more than we love the children whom the game has failed, we need to readjust priorities and wipe the slate clean. To do anything else leaves our children at risk.

October 10, 2014 · 4 Comments

Say No to Gender Stereotypes

Verizon Wireless says 66% of 4th grade girls like science; yet 14% of teen girls want to be a scientist. In their #InspireHerMind piece, they share the little ways that … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Enough with the Pink and Blue Boxes!

I love this article, “Girls are Messy Naked Farters Too” because it resonates with my experience raising three girls. In my 20 years of working with and now parenting my … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Child You Have: Parenting and Letting Go

  My friend, Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies, recently shared this quote, “Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · Leave a comment
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