Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Talking about Miley: Why we need to invade Times Square

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!”

September 2, 2013 · 8 Comments

Does Media Matter: Media and the Self

One of the things that I hear quite often when I talk about why media matters is the idea that children and adolescents understand that media does not depict reality. … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 8 Comments

Steubenville and Sexualization

I am haunted by the case described in this article in the New York Times of a high school girl who, while unconscious, was reportedly dragged to different parties and … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 32 Comments

Girls and Agency: You are more than how you look

‚ÄúThis subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete. The question why I would LET Willow cut … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Positive Picks: Finally, Girls as Agents!

In my last post I shared a disheartening objectified ad campaign at a chain store that targets adolescents. On Friday’s I like to share positive picks, so today I wanted … Continue reading

August 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Girls are Flirty and Boys are Proud? Objectification, Anyone?

My middle school daughter was shopping today and she came home with these photos from an in-store advertising campaign. Notice the difference between the ads directed at girls versus those … Continue reading

August 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

To Be or To Be Looked At: Beauty Redefined on Objectification

Today is the day to remember you are capable of much more than being looked at. And when you begin to realize that, you can start realizing the power of your abilities and the good you can do in a world so desperately in need of you. NOT a vision of you, but ALL of you. What will you find you are capable of?
-Lexie Kite

June 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

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