Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

The Great Sticky Note Campaign: Kids as Activists

Today I want to share a fun activity that you can use to raise a child’s literacy around media and marketing AND make a statement to corporations or stores about … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Fishnets and Fangs for the Win? The Dark Side of Monster High

I’ve written a lot about the Monster High brand and looked closely at the story lines and characters. While Mattel claims that Monster High is all about “celebrating your freaky flaws,” … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 7 Comments

Fear of Fat: Preschool Girls and the Thin Ideal

In a study published in 2010, Dr. Jennifer Harriger, a colleague at Pepperdine University, looked at how much girls aged 3-5 had internalized the thin ideal (the idea that beauty … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

Does Media Matter: Media and Perception of Reality

Have you ever noticed that when you watch the news a lot, which is filled with reports of crime and violence, you suddenly become very paranoid, convinced that you would … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 12 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

Wake Up: Don’t Sleep Through This!

One of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · 11 Comments
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