Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Teaching Kids to Serve: Towards a vision of self as world changer

; ; This past week-end, some friends and I who work with a group of 6th grade girls hosted a sleepover for them. In the midst of swimming, a service … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

A Monster Problem: Monster High may be good for business, but is it good for girls?

Lori Patel, Vice President for Girls Marketing for Mattel recently wrote a piece for the Huffington Post entitled Believing in Girls is Good Business. In this piece, Patel talks about … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · 4 Comments

Are you ready to change?

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw Are you ready to consider changing your mind? When someone presents an … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Sexy Baby Documentary: Sexiness and the Cyber Age

Today I had the amazing opportunity to talk with Brittany Huckabee, the Editor and Producer of the documentary, Sexy Baby. This documentary explores the shift in our culture that has … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Sexy Horses and Trolls and Fairies, Oh My: Toys all Tarted Up

Hot-to-trot ponies? Dolls that wax? Toys get tarted up – Parenting – TODAYshow.com. In a story on the Today Show website, they show several examples of toys that are crazily … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · 22 Comments

Pressure and power: What’s a girl to do?

I was teaching a class not long ago on the sexualization of women in the media and how it impacts children and adolescents. While discussing how media’s pressure on girls … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

10 year old girl responds to sexualized media and marketing: Girls these days

As I was working with some tween girls to develop critical media literacy, we decided to make our own media to share our thoughts on sexualized media and marketing. I … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · 5 Comments
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