Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

New Book: Cinderella Ate My Daughter

If you’d like to read a mother’s opinion of “Girlie Girl” culture and how it impacts little girls, you might enjoy this new book by Peggy Orenstein. Here’s a link … Continue reading

January 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

U.S. Schools: Marketing Havens

Several articles that I’ve read about how children are targeted by marketing campaigns have really stuck with me. One by Story & Simone (2004) was particularly striking in the way … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

MTV Skins: Child Pornography?

MTV’s recently released Skins drama has drawn the ire of the Parent Television Council. In this Action Alert,  the PTC calls for advertisers, such as Taco Bell, to drop the … Continue reading

January 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

“I Make the Path”: Adventures in Wonderland

I saw Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland with my girls last summer. I actually wasn’t looking forward to seeing it, because, well, his movies are weird and dark. … Continue reading

January 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Thin Ideal: Seeing Really is Believing!

I’ve been reading several articles recently about the “Thin Ideal.” When we talk about the Thin Ideal, what we mean is the idea that thinness is equal to beauty for … Continue reading

January 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Right is Strength!

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King Jr. … Continue reading

January 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Teen Girls Sexualized on TV

The Parent Television Council recently came out with a report discussing how teen and tween girls are depicted in primetime television. One of the main points that they make is … Continue reading

January 17, 2011 · Leave a comment
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