Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Don't Conform, Transform

Are boys and girls really that different? Children and Gender Stereotypes

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of. Are boys and … Continue reading

January 6, 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

Happy new year: Let’s change the world!

My colleague at Abilene Christian University, Randy Harris, once said, “The one who wins is the one who can die happily. Who can look back on their life and say, ‘That … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’m dreaming of a non pink and blue Christmas

It’s that time of year, when children everywhere start thinking about what they want for Christmas.  If you watch Saturday morning commercials or other advertisements directed toward children, you’ll see … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Encouragement is Super Lame

I’m sharing this post by my seventeen year old friend, Andrew. One of the main reasons that I want to share this is because it is such a great example … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

Girls and Pink Toys: What can we do?

In this series we’ve been talking about how media and marketing depictions impact children. Research has shown us that there are patterns of how girls and boys are depicted, and … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Girls and Pink Toys Part 3: Do toy ads really matter?

Children are buying into the stereotypes promoted by media messaging. And they’re accepting the message that certain products, interests, and activities are gender specific. A study in 2009 (Miller, Lurye, … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

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