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

On Mother’s Day: The Beauty and Challenge Of Mothering

Ah, Mother’s Day. Some argue that it’s just a day created by marketers to get more sales while others see it as a sentimental favorite. Whatever your views, today is … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · 4 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

Beauty at all Ages: MAC, Cate Blanchett and The Economist Play it Straight

Cate Blanchett Goes Un-Photoshopped for Mag Cover – MSN Entertainment – Wonderwall. This goes along with the amazing MAC Cosmetics ad campaign featuring 90-year-old Iris Apfel, who designed one of their … Continue reading

March 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Yes, I’m beautiful! Join a movement to make positive media

New Moon Girls and Pigtail Pals have launched the Yes, I’m beautiful campaign to use media in a positive way to promote true beauty. Responding to a rash of media … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

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

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
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