Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

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

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

Fun Activity for Kids: What are Skechers Shape Ups Really Selling?

There has been a big brouhaha in the past couple of weeks over Skechers marketing Shape Ups to young girls. In response to a petition being circulated through change.org calling … Continue reading

May 16, 2011 · 5 Comments

Personal Awakening: I may never be ideal, but I can be healthy

My personal journey in realizing that life is too short to spend our precious time and energy obsessing over attaining a shape or weight that may be completely unrealistic.Our health is a precious commodity. Don’t take it for granted. Embrace the strength and health that you have everyday and encourage your children to do the same.

April 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

Thinness-vs-Talent: The Celebrity Weight Loss Conundrum

In the article linked below from Adios Barbie, Claire Mysko talks about the down side of celebrity weight loss. What she points out that I think is interesting is that … Continue reading

March 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Deal with the Devil: Be Sexy or Shut Up

This photo is from an article in The New York Times about former Disney stars who have moved into presenting themselves as sexual objects. I wrote about this in the post … Continue reading

March 15, 2011 · 1 Comment

Feminism: What does the F-word mean today? | Society | guardian.co.uk

Feminism: What does the F-word mean today? | Society | guardian.co.uk. This article is actually a brilliant conversation between Monica Ali, Annie Lenox, Beverley Knight, VV Brown, Jane Shepherdson, and … Continue reading

March 14, 2011 · 2 Comments
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