Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

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

To My Daughter on Her 10th Birthday

It seems like yesterday that I was holding you as a newborn, warm and soft with a head full of dark hair. You were so tiny, so dependent on me … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

STEM and Sexualization: A New Vision for Girls

About a week ago, I worked with several of our¬†¬†Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) faculty at ACU to host our third annual STEM for Girls day. Fifty-five middle school … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

October 10, 2013 · 8 Comments

See It and Be It: Debbie Sterling builds a new story for girls

Meet Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build! These are the words that greet you when you visit the GoldieBlox website. As the mom of STEM (science, technology, engineering, … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

#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

Objectification: Body Image and Young Children

Body Image Issues: 6-Year-Old Girl Worries She Is Fat – ABC News. In the article linked above, a six-year-old girl talks about needing to lose weight and a group of … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

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