Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

Crash Course in Child Development: Bioecological Theory

Sometimes when I talk with people about how media affects children and their identity as they are developing, I get the question, “But if parents just send the right message, … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gender and Media Talk Podcast – Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male

A conversation with Dr. Andrew P. Smiler, America’s leading expert on masculinity.

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

On National Super Hero Day: Can DC Super Hero Girls be What Girls Need?

It is imperative that these characters have a wide range of interests and skills that mirror the diversity found within the real girls that they hope to empower. Sexy stereotypes are not empowering.

April 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Children and Technology: Issues of Identity

It’s very important that parents and caregivers consider the issue of identity when children begin to get involved with technology. This is especially applicable to social media. Two questions that … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Children and Technology: Benefits and Challenges

Technology is ubiquitous in our world today. Toddlers are handed cell phones or tablets designed especially for them, tweens have their own cell phones before they even enter middle school, … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Great Sticky Note Campaign: Kids as Activists

Today I want to share a fun activity that you can use to raise a child’s literacy around media and marketing AND make a statement to corporations or stores about … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

LEGO Objectifying Little Girls: Makeovers for the under 12’s

I have argued against girls needing pink, “girlie” LEGO since Friends was released. Because girls need the chance to build, learn, and create, not to be reminded that they are … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment
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