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

Pink and Blue Toy Aisles Part 1: Are gender interests biological?

In the past week, there has been quite a bit of talk about Target and their plan to do away with the separation of toys by gender.  Critics of gender segregated toy … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children

My book, Sexualized Media Messages & Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics & Consumers will be released tomorrow, February 28, 2015! This is a practical book with a strong research … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

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 · 1 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 · 5 Comments
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