Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Holding Out for A Hero? Why Not Be One Yourself?

I was reading some research that talked about how Dr. Phil Zimbardo has developed a program that will help train children and adolescents to be heroes. A hero isn’t someone … Continue reading

December 22, 2010 · Leave a comment

Iron Man vs Superman: The Case of Mistaken Super Identity

I read a report of a study that examined the differences between the superheroes of today versus those of several years ago. This study looked at the messages that these … Continue reading

December 17, 2010 · 2 Comments

Kids are people too

I was talking with one of my college classes recently about what they had learned over the course of the semester. One of the things that came up several times … Continue reading

December 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Kindness that Cuts: Benevolent Sexism

A former student of mine, Shannon, conducted her masters thesis on benevolent sexism, which describes  positive attitudes toward women in traditional roles, including things like protective paternalism and an idealization of … Continue reading

December 10, 2010 · 3 Comments

Hermione-vs-Stupid Girls: J.K. Rowling on the Thin Ideal

My middle school daughter loves Harry Potter, and she also enjoys reading J.K. Rowling’s musings on her website. When she read this one, she said, “Mom, you have to hear … Continue reading

December 4, 2010 · 4 Comments

Caged by Liberation

I was doing a presentation with my friend Stephanie at ACU’s Summit in September, and we showed a clip of the Miley Cyrus video “Can’t be Tamed,” in which the … Continue reading

December 1, 2010 · Leave a comment
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