Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

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

Fight the Power: Children and Adolescents as Consumer Activists

Using social media and word of mouth, adolescents and caring adults can work together to fight for their rights and advocate against companies that put a bulls-eye on their childhood.

April 30, 2012 · 3 Comments

Sexualization of Children: A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 
— Dr. Seuss (The Lorax) As the mother of three children and a … Continue reading

April 28, 2012 · 7 Comments

Sexualization and the Trivialization of the Female

This is why sexualization is so insidiously dangerous. It completely trivializes the female, hanging all of her worth on the thin, gossamer thread of her sexual appeal. Age, gain weight, have small breasts, be smarter than you are pretty, and bang, there goes your value.

March 26, 2012 · 16 Comments

Positive Activism Ideas: More Fun Ways to Slam Media and Marketers Sexualizing Kids

In the post linked below,  Amy Jussel of Shaping Youth shows how New Moon Girls has come up with a virtual sticker, similar to those I advocated in the post … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Aging and Power: The Cougar Effect

I posted this article awhile back, but this article in Forbes. com made me want to come back to it. It is imperative that we as a culture begin to … Continue reading

February 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Tips for Talking with Kids about Sex

The main point is to see sexuality as a normal, natural part of life and development. Your child is a little person with an emerging sense of sexuality. Don’t be afraid of that, instead, approach those feelings and thoughts just like you do with anything else that they’re learning. When you think of it that way, it helps you take advantage of natural opportunities for conversation and sharing of information with your child.

February 6, 2012 · 2 Comments
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