Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

LEGO Objectifying Little Girls: Makeovers for the under 12’s

I have argued against girls needing pink, “girlie” LEGO since Friends was released. Because girls need the chance to build, learn, and create, not to be reminded that they are … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Agents or Objects: Which will you be?

Are women and girls primarily agents in their own lives or objects to fulfill the needs in the lives of others? This question was brought forward very strongly to me when … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Silly Sexy Halloween

Oh my word. I was looking at Halloween costumes online at a big box store and among the offerings for women were some of the silliest things I’ve seen. These … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Steubenville and Sexualization

I am haunted by the case described in this article in the New York Times of a high school girl who, while unconscious, was reportedly dragged to different parties and … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 34 Comments

Girls and Agency: You are more than how you look

“This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete. The question why I would LET Willow cut … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Positive Picks: Finally, Girls as Agents!

In my last post I shared a disheartening objectified ad campaign at a chain store that targets adolescents. On Friday’s I like to share positive picks, so today I wanted … Continue reading

August 12, 2011 · Leave a comment
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