Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Sexualized Media and Our Children

This article in The Daily Beast discusses the film, America the Beautiful III by Darryl Roberts. It’s focus is on the sexualization of children and youth and the problems it … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dad and Daughter Star Wars Costumes: Guess who’s Princess Leia?

I love this story from The Good Men Project. A little girl saw Star Wars for the first time and was enchanted. Who did she want to be for Halloween? … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brave Girls Want to Take Back the Media

The BGA has kicked off a revolutionary campaign, to promote what #BraveGirlsWant in the heart of New York City: Times Square. Through a crowdsourced fundraising campaign, the BGA has been able to raise enough money from supporters around the world to rent a billboard in Times Square, which will broadcast messages about what #BraveGirlsWant from the girls themselves, and those who care about them.

October 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Girls are More than That: Media and Gender Stereotypes

Brave Girls Want is an alliance of parents, experts, advocates and small business owners who believe that girls deserve to have healthy media options. We’re asking media makers and corporations … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars: Let’s Make a Change!

In this series, Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars, we’ve been talking about how media and marketing depictions impact children. Research has shown us that there are patterns of … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Objectification: Body Image and Young Children

Body Image Issues: 6-Year-Old Girl Worries She Is Fat – ABC News. In the article linked above, a six-year-old girl talks about needing to lose weight and a group of … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Importance of Fathers

I regularly hold a debate with my university students to respond to the question, “Are Father’s Necessary?” Every time we discuss this, there is at least one student who talks … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 8 Comments
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