Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Don't Conform, Transform

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

Does Media Matter: Media and Perception of Reality

Have you ever noticed that when you watch the news a lot, which is filled with reports of crime and violence, you suddenly become very paranoid, convinced that you would … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 11 Comments

Why Merida Matters: The great makeover debate

My friends and colleagues have written much and well about the Merida redesign by Disney. But others have wondered why it’s a big deal for Merida, the strong and feisty … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 10 Comments

Does Media Matter: Media and the Self

One of the things that I hear quite often when I talk about why media matters is the idea that children and adolescents understand that media does not depict reality. … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 8 Comments

Are you ready to change?

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw Are you ready to consider changing your mind? When someone presents an … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Does this pink miniskirt make me look stupid? Stereotype Threat and Kids

Have you ever walked into a room and become immediately aware that something about you makes you stand out in the crowd, makes you different, might lead others to believe … Continue reading

January 17, 2012 · 12 Comments

Sexualization and Boys: Inside the Pressure Cooker

This is an important question for us to ask. We’ve talked about how viewing yourself as an object and focusing on your value only in terms of your sexual attractiveness … Continue reading

October 10, 2011 · 14 Comments

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