Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

A Very Sexy Halloween to You

Halloween has become a very sexy holiday. The costumes are reminiscent of the adult entertainment industry, promoting girls and women as sexual objects. Let me tell you a few stories … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · 8 Comments

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

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

Enlightened Sexism: Why power through sexuality is bad for girls and women

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!”

January 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Story of Us: Why Communities can Help in the Fight Against Sexualization

Sexualized media offers children and adolescents a view of the world that is idealized and  unrealistic. With the consistent images of women and girls as “objects” and narratives that promote … Continue reading

November 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Does Media Matter?

This week-end, I was at the soccer fields watching my 7-year-old play. As I watched girls of all different ages running, kicking, jumping, competing with ferocity, and cooperating with one … Continue reading

September 12, 2011 · 5 Comments

Let’s Hook-Up? We’re not Buying SuddenLink’s Sexualized Ad

On most Fridays, I like to post positive picks with products and marketing campaigns that provide positive messages to children and adolescents. But something got under my skin enough today … Continue reading

August 26, 2011 · Leave a comment
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