Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Fear of Fat: Preschool Girls and the Thin Ideal

In a study published in 2010, Dr. Jennifer Harriger, a colleague at Pepperdine University, looked at how much girls aged 3-5 had internalized the thin ideal (the idea that beauty … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

What is sexualization anyway?

Since this blog has attracted a lot of new readers lately, I thought it was important to go back and revisit the idea of sexualization. I talk about it a … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Fight the Power: Children and Adolescents as Consumer Activists

Using social media and word of mouth, adolescents and caring adults can work together to fight for their rights and advocate against companies that put a bulls-eye on their childhood.

April 30, 2012 · 3 Comments

Be the Change

After my last couple of posts about gender stereotypes forced on girls and boys, one of my readers, Phillip, made a great point. He said that the best way to … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

Positive Pick: Redefine Girly

I’ve written lately about some not so great products and messages, about how media aimed at children tends to do some heavy-duty gender stereotyping. Boys are shown as being aggressive … Continue reading

June 3, 2011 · 6 Comments

Standing up for Children: Hardy Girls Healthy Women

Several recent research studies have confirmed the fact that our children are being bombarded with sexualized and gendered messages. A recent study (McCabe, Fairchild, Grauerholz, Pescosolido, & Tope, 2011) examined … Continue reading

May 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

SPARK a Movement: Talking back to Candies

I love this post on the SPARK Summit blog called Candies, Hear Us Now? | SPARK a Movement. In reaction to Candie’s sexualized ads, they encourage all of us to get … Continue reading

May 4, 2011 · 4 Comments

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