Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

DC Super Hero Girls: Heroes Girls Can Believe In?

Super hero stories are often stories that empower and inspire. They tell of imperfect heroes, flawed but powerfully rooted in moral codes. We cheer heroes on as they fight against the dark forces of the world. Their stories lead us to want to be like them, to make the world a better place. Just like the rest of us, girls and young women want characters that can inspire them. Can DC Super Hero Girls rise to the challenge?

October 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

On National Super Hero Day: Can DC Super Hero Girls be What Girls Need?

It is imperative that these characters have a wide range of interests and skills that mirror the diversity found within the real girls that they hope to empower. Sexy stereotypes are not empowering.

April 28, 2015 · 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

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

Victory for Young Consumer Activist: Seventeen’s Body Peace Treaty

Julia Bluhm organized a petition to Seventeen magazine asking that they provide girls with more realistic images of beauty. This article shares the fact that Seventeen has agreed, making a … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · 3 Comments

Pressure and power: What’s a girl to do?

I was teaching a class not long ago on the sexualization of women in the media and how it impacts children and adolescents. While discussing how media’s pressure on girls … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

Are Princesses Really so Bad?!

If you read the review or information about the book Cinderella Ate my Daughter, you may be wondering, are princesses really that bad? Are they evil? Is it wrong to … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · Leave a comment
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