Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

7 Year Old on a Diet: Dealing with Weight Issues with Kids

The Biggest Threat of Dara-Lynn Weiss and Vogue’s ‘7-Year-Old on a Diet’ – The Daily Beast. Some of you may have read the article in Vogue by Dara-Lynn Weiss about … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Am I Ugly? Learning to Love Ourselves

In the wake of the YouTube “Am I Ugly” trend, with girls going on line to ask perfect strangers to weigh in on their value as measured by their physical … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Deciding if a Product is Right for You: Deconstructing Monster High

UPDATE: I published this post awhile back to help you walk through the process of deconstructing messages with particular products. As Halloween approaches and Monster High is front and center … Continue reading

September 23, 2011 · 6 Comments

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

About Face asks: Does Seventeen Magazine Honor its Body Peace Project?

A B O U T – F A C E — blog » Seventeen doesn’t stick to its own “Body Peace Project” terms. In this post, About Face questions the … Continue reading

July 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Monster High: Coming Soon to a School Near You?

In my post Targeting Childhood: Children as Consumers I talk about how much money is spent annually by companies to promote their products to children ($17 billion) and the reasons … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

Does Monster High Teach Kindness?

It was recently announced that Mattel’s Monster High is teaming with the Kind Campaign, whose mission is stated on their website as “a movement and documentary, based upon the powerful … Continue reading

May 20, 2011 · 44 Comments
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