Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

The World that has been pulled over your eyes: Children and Gender Stereotypes

In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus describes the Matrix to Neo by saying: (The Matrix) is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you to the … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 19 Comments

Stereotyping Childhood

Why does the pink and blue division of toys matter? Why should we care about the gendered marketing schemes running rampant? In the Huffington Post, there was an article last … Continue reading

December 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

Let LEGO hear your voice

If you’d like to let LEGO’s know that we need more gender neutral options and less gendered marketing and packaging, consider signing this petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-lego-to-stop-selling-out-girls

December 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

I’m dreaming of a non pink and blue Christmas

I posted a shorter version of this article last year around this time. But, given the recent news of Lego’s “girl line,” I thought it was important to come back … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · 12 Comments

Trust, Mistrust, and Preschool Children: Promoting Media Literacy

Trust, Mistrust and Advertising | The Media Education Lab Blog. In this interesting article on the Media Education Lab blog, Renee Hobbs discusses some key ideas about teaching media literacy … Continue reading

December 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

See It and Be It: Finding Meaning in Pain

Recently, I was working to raise awareness about a key issue that I felt was leading to unfair treatment of many and to inappropriate decisions being made. As I talked … Continue reading

December 17, 2011 · 2 Comments

Positive Pick: Hugo a Movie Full of Magic

Hugo Movie Trailer It can be difficult to find movies that are affirming for both boys and girls, and it is a rare film today that captures the imagination and … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · 3 Comments
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