Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Be the Change

After my last couple of posts about gender stereotypes forced on girls and boys, one of my readers, Phillip, made a great point. He said that the best way to … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

I’m dreaming of a non pink and blue Christmas

I posted a shorter version of this article last year around this time. But, given the recent news of Lego’s “girl line,” I thought it was important to come back … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · 12 Comments

Girls are Flirty and Boys are Proud? Objectification, Anyone?

My middle school daughter was shopping today and she came home with these photos from an in-store advertising campaign. Notice the difference between the ads directed at girls versus those … Continue reading

August 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Positive Pick: Go!Go!SportsGirls

One of the things that I advocate for both adults and children is becoming a media critic. A critic not only points out negative media products and messages, but also … Continue reading

July 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

Boy-vs-World

I recently talked about the Greatness Book for Boys. One of my pet peeves is when children are told that there is a certain range of interests that are for … Continue reading

July 27, 2011 · 5 Comments

Glamour-vs-Greatness: What’s a girl to do?

From the Archives: A post examining the gender stereotypes that are often presented to children. Girls are promoted glamour while boys are sold on greatness. So I was shopping with … Continue reading

July 15, 2011 · 8 Comments

A Sexy Werewolf? No, not Jacob, Clawdeen. Shame on Mattel

      Mattels Waxing and Shaving Monster High Doll Sparks Outrage – FoxNews.com. I read the article linked above after Melissa Wardy posted a link to it on Pigtail … Continue reading

March 17, 2011 · 10 Comments
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