Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Girls, strength, and the beauty ideal: A beach conversation

Originally posted on Rebecca Hains:
My five-year-old son befriended an eleven-year-old girl at the beach last week. As they worked together to create a sand castle, her dad and I chatted about…

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Positive Body Image Message

Sharing this positive project by the Harvard Rugby Team is a great way to give kids a visual of strong, healthy bodies that all look different. Lots of positive messages … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Six Summer Beauty Tips” by Rebecca Hains

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Fashion magazines love telling women that our bodies aren’t fit to be seen in public, unless we buy and use the beauty products they’re hawking. And in the…

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Straight white boys texting and objectification

Have you seen the “Straight white boys texting” Tumblr? It’s a collection of inappropriately sexual comments and questions that pop up during what seems to be a friendly text exchange. … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Does the “War on Pink” need to stop for boys’ sakes? No, and here’s why.

Originally posted on Rebecca Hains:
In a recent blog post on Girl w/Pen, professors CJ Pascoe and Tristan Bridges—sociologists whose work focuses on masculinity—make a strange request of their fellow feminist…

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Anti-princess marketing and girls’ education: Mercy Academy vs. GoldieBlox

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Water, water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink. Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink. Princesses: They’re everywhere. Over the past decade, marketers…

November 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

A response to Mrs. Hall: Teaching our boys respect and self-control

Originally posted on Rebecca Hains:
“FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)“* came up in my facebook news feed a lot yesterday. It’s being shared with such enthusiasm that I was…

September 4, 2013 · 1 Comment


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