Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Why “Yes Means Yes?”

Teaching our children and adolescents to be thoughtful about consent and mutuality in all of their physical relationships can only provide them with effective skills for sexual behaviors later in life. We want kids to know how to ask for consent and how to give or withhold consent in a clear way.

October 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Talking with Kids about Sex and Sexuality

As a school psychologist, I understand the importance of talking with children about their developing sexuality. As the mom of three kids, I also understand how awkward and confusing it … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

Healthy Sexuality and Children

How To Model Healthy Sexuality for Our Daughters : Ms Magazine Blog. In the article linked above, Joyce McFadden, psychoanalyst and author of Your Daughter’s Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women, shares … Continue reading

July 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Objectification vs Mutuality: From Bristol Palin to Harry Potter

In my writing about sexualized media and its focus on representing females as objects rather than agents, I have often referred to the need for a more complex depiction of … Continue reading

July 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Sexualization: Real or Imagined Problem?

There has been quite a bit of debate over the issue of the sexualization of children recently due to the report Letting Children Be Children having been released by the … Continue reading

June 20, 2011 · 4 Comments

Talking Teenage: Sexuality & Social Media

In this post on Sexuality and Social Media, Barbara and Jennifer share some advice on how to address the issue of sexuality and social media with your teens and tweens. … Continue reading

June 1, 2011 · Leave a comment
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