Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

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

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January 22, 2013 · 3 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

Are Princesses Really so Bad?!

If you read the review or information about the book Cinderella Ate my Daughter, you may be wondering, are princesses really that bad? Are they evil? Is it wrong to … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Sexualization of Children: A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 
— Dr. Seuss (The Lorax) As the mother of three children and a … Continue reading

April 28, 2012 · 7 Comments

Positive Activism Ideas: More Fun Ways to Slam Media and Marketers Sexualizing Kids

In the post linked below,  Amy Jussel of Shaping Youth shows how New Moon Girls has come up with a virtual sticker, similar to those I advocated in the post … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 2 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
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