Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Silly Sexy Halloween

Oh my word. I was looking at Halloween costumes online at a big box store and among the offerings for women were some of the silliest things I’ve seen. These … Continue reading

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October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Men Try on Sexy Halloween Costumes

Buzzfeed recently featured men trying on sexy Halloween costumes. As they squeeze themselves into these ridiculously scanty outfits, the men realize how uncomfortable and stupid these costumes are. Think about … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

No More Sexy Halloween!

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!”

October 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Does Media Matter: How does media impact children?

As a blogger, speaker, and activist, I often hear from people who do not believe that media and marketing really impact children. These people seem quite certain that children can … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Sexualization of Girls: Why talk about STEM?

I’ve been talking a lot about promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields lately. Some of you may be wondering how that is related to fighting against the sexualization … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

Sexualization: Where do you see it?

In a full window display, women wear scanty lingerie, their breast spilling out of bustiers as they hold masks and tape made for binding partners during sex acts. A man … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

Enlightened Sexism: Why power through sexuality is bad for girls and women

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!”

January 7, 2013 · 1 Comment
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