Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

A Very Sexy Halloween to You

Halloween has become a very sexy holiday. The costumes are reminiscent of the adult entertainment industry, promoting girls and women as sexual objects. Let me tell you a few stories … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · 8 Comments

See It and Be It: Debbie Sterling builds a new story for girls

Meet Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build! These are the words that greet you when you visit the GoldieBlox website. As the mom of STEM (science, technology, engineering, … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

What harm can media do?

Looking at our Brave Girls Want campaign, which calls for less gender stereotyped media and marketing to children, you may be wondering what harm it can do for kids to … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Girls are More than That: Media and Gender Stereotypes

Brave Girls Want is an alliance of parents, experts, advocates and small business owners who believe that girls deserve to have healthy media options. We’re asking media makers and corporations … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars: Let’s Make a Change!

In this series, Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars, we’ve been talking about how media and marketing depictions impact children. Research has shown us that there are patterns of … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars: Do Toys Really Matter?

Children are buying into the stereotypes that I mentioned in my previous post in this series. And their accepting the message that certain products, interests, and activities are gender specific. … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nature vs Nurture in the Toys Wars: Media Messages about Boys and Girls

There are very clear lines drawn in advertisements directed to children between what toys are “for” boys or girls. Packed into these advertisements are consistent messages about behaviors, interests, and … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 1 Comment
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