Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Consequences of the Thin Ideal

When we talk about the Thin Ideal, what we mean is the idea that thinness is equal to beauty for girls and women. I shared a disturbing article with you … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

Fighting the Fear of Fat: Addressing the Thin Ideal with Young Children

In my post Fear of Fat: Preschool Girls and the Thin Ideal, I reported on Dr. Jennifer Harriger’s study on preschool girls and the Thin Ideal. This study found that … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 3 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 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

Positive Pick: Lottie Doll is a fashion doll you can feel good about!

Today I want to share a product with you that I think you’ll love. It’s the Lottie doll by Arklu. Arklu is in what they describe as a David versus … Continue reading

November 16, 2012 · 11 Comments

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
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