Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Does Sexy Media Matter?

Have you seen my TED talk, Does Sexy Media Matter? In this talk I share how I got interested in studying sexualized media, what I’ve found in my research about … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why I study Media and its Effects on Children

In the past few years, my research interests have begun to focus on issues of social justice and equity. These range from studying how sexualized media impacts children and young … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Does Sexy Media Matter?

Last month I gave a TEDx talk at my university. I talked about my research into Sexualized media and how it effects children and adolescents. It was so fun to … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Building Sexual Self-Efficacy with Middle School Kids

Sexual self-efficacy grows in importance as your children get older. Middle school is an important time to begin to build skills that your child will use later in life to … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Building Sexual Self-Efficacy with Elementary Aged Children

When it comes to building sexual self-efficacy with elementary school aged children, it’s important to think about a few things. Remember, in late elementary school, children may begin to experience … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexual Self-Efficacy: How do we build it?

Sexual self-efficacy is incredibly important for sexual health. So, how do we build sexual self-efficacy? Let’s think about some specific things that caring adults can do to help children build … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment
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