Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

The Truth about Beauty: Tatum and her Beads of Courage

Tatum is a precious little girl who used to live down the street from us. Tatum’s mom, Mandy, posted this picture on Facebook recently, and I thought, “Now there is … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 9 Comments

Gendered Marketing and Children: Why does it matter?

  A comment I heard recently made me think about the consequences of living with stereotype threat. We were discussing the ways that stereotype threat affects kids. One woman said … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 2 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

Sexy Horses and Trolls and Fairies, Oh My: Toys all Tarted Up

Hot-to-trot ponies? Dolls that wax? Toys get tarted up – Parenting – TODAYshow.com. In a story on the Today Show website, they show several examples of toys that are crazily … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · 22 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

Fight the Power: Children and Adolescents as Consumer Activists

Using social media and word of mouth, adolescents and caring adults can work together to fight for their rights and advocate against companies that put a bulls-eye on their childhood.

April 30, 2012 · 3 Comments
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