Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

No Surprise: Disney Princesses Lose Their Voices

The Washington Post recently published an article about an interesting line of research out of the field of linguistics. The research, done by linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer, analyzed the … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

Are Princesses Really so Bad?!

If you read the review or information about the book Cinderella Ate my Daughter, you may be wondering, are princesses really that bad? Are they evil? Is it wrong to … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

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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