Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

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

Objectification: Body Image and Young Children

Body Image Issues: 6-Year-Old Girl Worries She Is Fat – ABC News. In the article linked above, a six-year-old girl talks about needing to lose weight and a group of … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Fighting the Fear of Fat: Addressing the Thin Ideal with Young Children

In my post Fear of Fat: Preschool Girls and the Thin Ideal, I reported on Dr. Jennifer Harriger’s study on preschool girls and the Thin Ideal. This study found that … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 3 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

Does Media Matter: Media and the Self

One of the things that I hear quite often when I talk about why media matters is the idea that children and adolescents understand that media does not depict reality. … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 9 Comments

Sexualization of Girls: Why talk about STEM?

I’ve been talking a lot about promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields lately. Some of you may be wondering how that is related to fighting against the sexualization … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

What is sexualization anyway?

Since this blog has attracted a lot of new readers lately, I thought it was important to go back and revisit the idea of sexualization. I talk about it a … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 3 Comments
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