Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Sexualization: Real or Imagined Problem?

There has been quite a bit of debate over the issue of the sexualization of children recently due to the report Letting Children Be Children having been released by the … Continue reading

June 20, 2011 · 4 Comments

Standing up for Children: Hardy Girls Healthy Women

Several recent research studies have confirmed the fact that our children are being bombarded with sexualized and gendered messages. A recent study (McCabe, Fairchild, Grauerholz, Pescosolido, & Tope, 2011) examined … Continue reading

May 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

How Toy Ad Vocabulary Reinforces Gender Stereotypes | The Achilles Effect

Crystal Smith of The Achilles Effect developed these word clouds from watching television advertisements aimed at children. Her goal was to understand the ways that gender stereotypes are presented to boys … Continue reading

March 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

From the Trenches: 8th grade boy on Hip Hop and Female Objectification

One of my readers, an 8th grade boy who is a hip hop fan, wrote to me about how he sees women being portrayed in music videos. He makes some … Continue reading

March 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Identity and Conformity: A Great Book for 4-10 Year Olds

My nine-year-old daughter brought home A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon  from the school library. We read it with my youngest daughter, who then just had to share it … Continue reading

March 11, 2011 · 2 Comments

Porn & Pop Culture: A Deadly Combination

The following article is cross-posted with permission from Beauty Redefined and was written by Lexie Kite.  Lexie argues that pop culture has adopted the features of pornography to such a … Continue reading

March 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

Pretty Girls and Emotionally Mute Boys: Disney Heros and Heroines

I’ve written a few posts lately about both Disney Princesses and the danger for children of gender stereotyping. One of the things that I find most disturbing about gender stereotyping … Continue reading

February 9, 2011 · Leave a comment
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