Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

8 Year Old Girl: What Brave Means to Me

Seeing Merida fight for herself and her mom made me feel like girls can be the hero. As a girl, I see that people think girls aren’t strong enough to stand up for themselves, but seeing Merida makes me feel that they can.Brave also shows boys that girls aren’t just weak and pretty, they can smart, they can be strong. Being a girl isn’t just about being pretty. That makes me feel really nice inside, that this message is getting out into the world.

June 29, 2012 · 26 Comments

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections on Aging as a Woman

I took my two older daughters to see Snow White and the Huntsman last week. We had all loved the re-invisioned Alice in Wonderland by this team, so we thought we … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

Monster High’s Mixed Messages about Bullying with Tips for Talking with Kids

Episode after episode features similar messages: You get to the top by being the biggest monster possible – and not in the fun, unique way the line might insist you should, but by threatening or using physical violence, bullying tactics, cheating, lying and whining.By coating bad messages in an outer layer of good PR and catchy slogans, the company makes it harder for kids and parents to reject the toy without looking like they support bullying.

June 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

Monster High: Is this how you teach acceptance?

I wrote a post last year asking, Does Monster High Teach Kindness and another that provided an exercise in Deconstructing Monster High. My main problem with the Monster High brand is … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · 11 Comments

Mr. Rogers Remix: Television that promotes learning, creativity, and social skills

I love this remix of Fred Rogers’ work. What made Mr. Rogers special was his ability to bring deep knowledge about education and child development and learning into the mainstream … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · 8 Comments

Sexy Baby Documentary: Sexiness and the Cyber Age

Today I had the amazing opportunity to talk with Brittany Huckabee, the Editor and Producer of the documentary, Sexy Baby. This documentary explores the shift in our culture that has … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Sexy Horses and Trolls and Fairies, Oh My: Toys all Tarted Up

Hot-to-trot ponies? Dolls that wax? Toys get tarted up – Parenting – TODAYshow.com. In a story on the Today Show website, they show several examples of toys that are crazily … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · 22 Comments
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