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

Fear of Fat: Preschool Girls and the Thin Ideal

In a study published in 2010, Dr. Jennifer Harriger, a colleague at Pepperdine University, looked at how much girls aged 3-5 had internalized the thin ideal (the idea that beauty … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections on Aging as a Woman

I took my two older daughters to see Snow White and the Huntsman last week. We had all loved the re-invisioned Alice in Wonderland by this team, so we thought we … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

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

The World that has been pulled over your eyes: Children and Gender Stereotypes

In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus describes the Matrix to Neo by saying: (The Matrix) is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you to the … Continue reading

December 31, 2011 · 19 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

Middle School Girl Says: There’s More to Us Than Meets the Eye

I recently shared the story about the “Too pretty to do homework” shirt with my daughters. That evening, my 12-year-old got online and read the article in Shine and on … Continue reading

September 5, 2011 · 26 Comments
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