Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

Building Sexual Self-Efficacy with Elementary Aged Children

When it comes to building sexual self-efficacy with elementary school aged children, it’s important to think about a few things. Remember, in late elementary school, children may begin to experience … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexual Self-Efficacy: How do we build it?

Sexual self-efficacy is incredibly important for sexual health. So, how do we build sexual self-efficacy? Let’s think about some specific things that caring adults can do to help children build … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexual Self-Efficacy: What is it?

This week-end I’ll be giving a keynote address at a conference on sexual health. I believe that one of the most important issues that we can understand in terms of … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

DC Super Hero Girls: Heroes Girls Can Believe In?

Super hero stories are often stories that empower and inspire. They tell of imperfect heroes, flawed but powerfully rooted in moral codes. We cheer heroes on as they fight against the dark forces of the world. Their stories lead us to want to be like them, to make the world a better place. Just like the rest of us, girls and young women want characters that can inspire them. Can DC Super Hero Girls rise to the challenge?

October 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

I’m dreaming of a non gendered 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 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

Agents or Objects: Which will you be?

Are women and girls primarily agents in their own lives or objects to fulfill the needs in the lives of others? This question was brought forward very strongly to me when … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment
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