Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Silly Sexy Halloween

Oh my word. I was looking at Halloween costumes online at a big box store and among the offerings for women were some of the silliest things I’ve seen. These … Continue reading

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Dad and Daughter Star Wars Costumes: Guess who’s Princess Leia?

I love this story from The Good Men Project. A little girl saw Star Wars for the first time and was enchanted. Who did she want to be for Halloween? … Continue reading

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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

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How to Spot Sexual Objectification: The CHIPS Test

Originally posted on Coffee At Midnight:
The CHIPS Test is an easy way to identify sexual objectification. If the answer is “yes” to any of the following questions, the image…

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

FCKH8’s “F-Bomb Princess” video isn’t offensive—it’s exploitative.

Originally posted on Rebecca Hains:
Yesterday, for-profit T-shirt company FCKH8.com released a video called “F-Bombs for Feminism: Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Bad Word for Good Cause.” The video features five angry…

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

No More Sexy Halloween!

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!”

October 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

You are Enough: Speaking Words of Power

Today in class, one of my students challenged us to write words of encouragement on post it notes and share them all around our university campus. All day I was … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment
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