Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

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

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

Maryville, Steubenville, Anywhereville: Talking with Kids about Consent and Sexuality

We must begin talking about the concept of consent. We need to be sure that adolescents understand what consent means, in which situations one can never assume consent, and how to seek help when they or someone else is having their right to consent violated. It’s up to adults to be sure that every child is taught that there are no “blurred lines.” No means no, and when someone is incapacitated for any reason, they cannot give consent. That’s all there is to it.

October 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

See It and Be It: Debbie Sterling builds a new story for girls

Meet Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build! These are the words that greet you when you visit the GoldieBlox website. As the mom of STEM (science, technology, engineering, … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Talking about Miley: Why we need to invade Times Square

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!”

September 2, 2013 · 8 Comments

Objectification: Body Image and Young Children

Body Image Issues: 6-Year-Old Girl Worries She Is Fat – ABC News. In the article linked above, a six-year-old girl talks about needing to lose weight and a group of … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Does Media Matter: How does media impact children?

As a blogger, speaker, and activist, I often hear from people who do not believe that media and marketing really impact children. These people seem quite certain that children can … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

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