Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Does Sexy Media Matter?

Have you seen my TED talk, Does Sexy Media Matter? In this talk I share how I got interested in studying sexualized media, what I’ve found in my research about … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Consequences of the Thin Ideal

When we talk about the Thin Ideal, what we mean is the idea that thinness is equal to beauty for girls and women. I shared a disturbing article with you … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Does Media Matter: How does media impact children?

As a blogger, speaker, and activist, I often hear from people who do not believe that media and marketing really impact children. These people seem quite certain that children can … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Does Media Matter: Media and Perception of Reality

Have you ever noticed that when you watch the news a lot, which is filled with reports of crime and violence, you suddenly become very paranoid, convinced that you would … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 12 Comments

Why Merida Matters: The great makeover debate

My friends and colleagues have written much and well about the Merida redesign by Disney. But others have wondered why it’s a big deal for Merida, the strong and feisty … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 11 Comments

Does Media Matter: Media and the Self

One of the things that I hear quite often when I talk about why media matters is the idea that children and adolescents understand that media does not depict reality. … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 9 Comments

Are you ready to change?

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw Are you ready to consider changing your mind? When someone presents an … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · 1 Comment
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