Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

Pink and Blue Toy Aisles Part 2: Messages about girls and boys

A lot of people are making a big deal out of Target’s plan to get rid of gender coded toy aisles. I have to ask, what’s the deal with the … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 1 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 · Leave a comment

Men Try on Sexy Halloween Costumes

Buzzfeed recently featured men trying on sexy Halloween costumes. As they squeeze themselves into these ridiculously scanty outfits, the men realize how uncomfortable and stupid these costumes are. Think about … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

What is your mantra?

I bought these Mantra Bands to remind me how I want to live my life. Some days I wear all four, but most days I choose one or two to … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who is your #GirlHero?

In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, some girl power organizations like Girlup.org are inviting people to name their GirlHero. I have several, and I’ll be sharing them … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Teaching Kids About Consent: Yes means yes

Last week I taught a series of classes on Helping Children Thrive at ACU’s Summit. As we talked about thriving, we moved into a conversation about sexual self-efficacy. When someone … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Tell Kids: Fail fast, fail often

I love this image from PEPparent.org Some of the greatest successes come from failure. So often our kids are afraid to fail. They want to be the best, to achieve … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment
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