Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Children are people, too

This past week I was talking with my Child Psychology class about how the way we see children impacts the way we think about their development. We looked at a … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gender and Media Talk Podcast: Girls and Leadership

This week on Gender and Media Talk I’m talking with two experts, Lori Day and Pia Guerrero about the challenges that girls face in becoming leaders and strategies that caring … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children

My book, Sexualized Media Messages & Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics & Consumers will be released tomorrow, February 28, 2015! This is a practical book with a strong research … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars: What’s sex got to do with it?

Brave Girls Want has launched a campaign for Lego to make more female mini figures. I’ve heard an interesting argument coming from those who do not believe there is anything … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 9 Comments

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

Fighting the Fear of Fat: Addressing the Thin Ideal with Young Children

In my post Fear of Fat: Preschool Girls and the Thin Ideal, I reported on Dr. Jennifer Harriger’s study on preschool girls and the Thin Ideal. This study found that … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 3 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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