Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Educator, Author

Beauty at all Ages: MAC, Cate Blanchett and The Economist Play it Straight

Cate Blanchett Goes Un-Photoshopped for Mag Cover – MSN Entertainment – Wonderwall. This goes along with the amazing MAC Cosmetics ad campaign featuring 90-year-old Iris Apfel, who designed one of their … Continue reading

March 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Does Media Matter? Celebs as social models

Adolescents are active media users. They do not simply soak up media content, but instead make sense of it from their own individual perspective and experience. For many adolescents, celebrities … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · 9 Comments

Bringing Sexy Down: Age Compression & Sexuality

The term “age compression” has been used to describe the way that clothing, products, and experiential expectations have been shifting downward in the age bracket. Clothes that we used to … Continue reading

May 27, 2011 · 3 Comments

Part 1-Fun Strategies For Kids: Deconstructing Advertisements

In this recent blog post, Marina Del Vecchio shares a few advertisements that are the direct opposite of those that we’ve been seeing from Candie’s. Whereas Candie’s ads are all … Continue reading

May 13, 2011 · 2 Comments

Royal Wedding: It’s hard out there for a princess

Last night I watched “The King’s Speech” for the first time. Today I’m watching the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. As I watched both of these, it … Continue reading

April 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Thinness-vs-Talent: The Celebrity Weight Loss Conundrum

In the article linked below from Adios Barbie, Claire Mysko talks about the down side of celebrity weight loss. What she points out that I think is interesting is that … Continue reading

March 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Deal with the Devil: Be Sexy or Shut Up

This photo is from an article in The New York Times about former Disney stars who have moved into presenting themselves as sexual objects. I wrote about this in the post … Continue reading

March 15, 2011 · 1 Comment
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