Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

To My Daughter on Her 12th birthday

It seems like yesterday that I was holding you as a newborn, warm and soft with a head full of dark hair. You were so tiny, so dependent on me … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Children are people, too

This past week I was talking with my Child Psychology class about how the way we see children impacts the way we think about their development. We looked at a … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Building Sexual Self-Efficacy with Middle School Kids

Sexual self-efficacy grows in importance as your children get older. Middle school is an important time to begin to build skills that your child will use later in life to … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sexual Self-Efficacy: How do we build it?

Sexual self-efficacy is incredibly important for sexual health. So, how do we build sexual self-efficacy? Let’s think about some specific things that caring adults can do to help children build … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexual Self-Efficacy: What is it?

This week-end I’ll be giving a keynote address at a conference on sexual health. I believe that one of the most important issues that we can understand in terms of … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Have a Sexy Halloween!

Girls are getting some very contradictory messages about where their value lies and what they can do to gain power. We say, “You can do it all” and media and marketers add, “As long as you’re sexy while doing it!”

October 22, 2015 · 4 Comments

Podcast Gender and Media Talk: Boy Builders and Pink Princesses

Today’s podcast in Gender and Media Talk focuses on the research of Dr. Elizabeth Sweet, who studies gendered toy packaging and how it both effects and reflects gender roles in … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · 3 Comments
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