Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

A Very Sexy Halloween to You

Halloween has become a very sexy holiday. The costumes are reminiscent of the adult entertainment industry, promoting girls and women as sexual objects. Let me tell you a few stories … Continue reading

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October 9, 2013 · 8 Comments

#Bartoli and #Sexualization

Marion Bartoli wins the Wimbledon championship. The crowd cheers, she celebrates and rushes to hug her father and former coach. And BBC Sport announcer John Inverdale chooses that moment to … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · 21 Comments

On Mother’s Day: The Beauty and Challenge Of Mothering

Ah, Mother’s Day. Some argue that it’s just a day created by marketers to get more sales while others see it as a sentimental favorite. Whatever your views, today is … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · 4 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

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections on Aging as a Woman

I took my two older daughters to see Snow White and the Huntsman last week. We had all loved the re-invisioned Alice in Wonderland by this team, so we thought we … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

Sexy Baby Documentary: Sexiness and the Cyber Age

Today I had the amazing opportunity to talk with Brittany Huckabee, the Editor and Producer of the documentary, Sexy Baby. This documentary explores the shift in our culture that has … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Pressure and power: What’s a girl to do?

I was teaching a class not long ago on the sexualization of women in the media and how it impacts children and adolescents. While discussing how media’s pressure on girls … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 3 Comments
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