Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

To My Daughter on Her 12th birthday

It seems like yesterday that I was holding you as a newborn, warm and soft with a head full of dark hair. You were so tiny, so dependent on me … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

Pink and Blue Toy Aisles Part 2: Messages about girls and boys

A lot of people are making a big deal out of Target’s plan to get rid of gender coded toy aisles. I have to ask, what’s the deal with the … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gender and Media Talk: The Theology of Gender

In Gender and Media Talk today, I’m talking with Dr. Ken Cukrowski. Dr. Cukrowski is the Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University, an Associate Professor of New Testament. … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Year: What will you resolve?

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou, from Letter to My Daughter, a book … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

I’m dreaming of a non gendered Christmas

It’s that time of year, when children everywhere start thinking about what they want for Christmas.  If you watch Saturday morning commercials or other advertisements directed toward children, you’ll see … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

Consequences of the Thin Ideal

When we talk about the Thin Ideal, what we mean is the idea that thinness is equal to beauty for girls and women. I shared a disturbing article with you … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment
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