Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

Have a 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 22, 2015 · 4 Comments

DC Super Hero Girls: Heroes Girls Can Believe In?

Super hero stories are often stories that empower and inspire. They tell of imperfect heroes, flawed but powerfully rooted in moral codes. We cheer heroes on as they fight against the dark forces of the world. Their stories lead us to want to be like them, to make the world a better place. Just like the rest of us, girls and young women want characters that can inspire them. Can DC Super Hero Girls rise to the challenge?

October 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Agents or Objects: Which will you be?

Are women and girls primarily agents in their own lives or objects to fulfill the needs in the lives of others? This question was brought forward very strongly to me when … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Consequences of the Thin Ideal

When we talk about the Thin Ideal, what we mean is the idea that thinness is equal to beauty for girls and women. I shared a disturbing article with you … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 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

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
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