Understanding Gender

In the old days, it was simple: Men hunted and women raised the kids. Then we moved out of caves, invented gender studies, and learned a thing or two about genetics. Now nothing is clear cut. While social and biological analyses of gender offend some, they have freed others to finally feel comfortable in their own skin. Whether you're gay or straight, transgender or cisgender, or just curious about why men and women treat each other the way they do, there's something in here for you.

Recent Posts on Gender

Why Do Rich Kids Have Higher Standardized Test Scores?

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University recently reported that the academic “achievement gap” on standardized tests between lower-income and higher-income children is reflected in brain anatomy.

Fifty Shades of Gay

By Rick Miller LICSW on April 17, 2015 in Unwrapped
An ever-widening spectrum of choices and possibilities means that the gay community is truly taking on all of the colors of the rainbow, every shade and hue.

The Upside of Jealousy

Simply put, jealousy is motivated by fear. When fear is driving your behaviors, it is essential to tune into the cognitive components that accompany the fear to help you break it down and make it containable.

Does Thinking You Are Fatter Make You Fatter?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on April 16, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
Many adolescents misperceive their body size; it is not uncommon for normal weight adolescents to categorize themselves as overweight. What is the effect of this misperception of body size?

When Women Use Jealousy

By Duana C. Welch Ph.D. on April 16, 2015 in Love Proof
Common knowledge says jealousy always backfires. Common knowledge is wrong.

Women’s Pay Gap: Is it Children, Expectations, or Feminism?

It's time for the power structure of corporate and political America to better accommodate women and their families.

Why Cuddling Is So Crucial

By Michael Castleman M.A. on April 15, 2015 in All About Sex
As post-sex cuddling increases, so does sexual and relationship satisfaction.

A Great Time for Women in STEM

By Jesse Marczyk on April 15, 2015 in Pop Psych
Women seem to be advantaged when it comes to getting hired in STEM fields. They need only apply.

Redditor to Redditor

Young men are finding new ways to reach out to each other and older generations for advice and mentorship.

Net Losses

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 14, 2015 in In Excess
A number of market research reports have indicated that many office employees spend at least one hour of their day at work on various non-work activities (e.g., booking holidays, shopping online, posting messages on social networking sites, playing online games, etc.) and costs businesses millions of dollars a year. But what can be done to prevent it?

Loving the Process Means Everything for Creativity

By Gregory Ciotti on April 13, 2015 in Habits, Not Hacks
Artists must enjoy the process of creation for its own sake.

5 Questions We Often Ask Ourselves After Microaggressions

Society’s awareness of microaggressions and its many expressions have increased over the past few years. The internal dialogues and psychological struggles that microaggressions cause marginalized people, however, are rarely discussed and remain largely “Unseen and Unheard” by the general public. I hope this helps.

Pregnant? Easier to Be Fired Than You Think

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 13, 2015 in Singletons
Pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant? More women are working while pregnant and working longer into their pregnancies than in previous decades, especially among those having their first child. In spite of laws to protect them, employers find ways to discriminate, circumvent the laws and dismiss them.

Do Most People Fit in Liberal and Conservative Boxes?

With so much talk of liberals and conservatives, it's tempting to think the labels really do capture public opinion. But it's not so simple, not even close.

At Least Get Gender Right!

Film & TV media sell females short

Can We Exercise Too Much?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on April 12, 2015 in Fit Femininity
Physical activity has been proven to improve physical and psychological health. However, is any amount of exercise good? Too much exercise can prevent psychological well-being. When excessive exercise develops into exercise dependence, it becomes compulsive behaviour that controls the exerciser's life.

Her Marriage, and His

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on April 11, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Why it is so hard to make a marriage last.

10 Great Ways to Get to Know New People Without Awkwardness

Icebreakers are a traditional way to overcome the original awkwardness that many people feel when they first form a group. Whether it’s with a class, a set of co-workers, or a volunteer committee, a little psychology will go a long way toward building group cohesion and identity.

Are Women More Emotional Than Men?

Is There Evidence of Women’s Greater Negative Emotionality All Around the World?

The Freedom to Enjoy Secure Functioning

By Stan Tatkin Psy.D. on April 09, 2015 in The Puzzle of Love
Psychological principles underlie the current political debate over same-sex unions. Like all couples, same-sex couples have a better chance to thrive in an environment that supports their ability to form a secure-functioning relationship.

Are Video Games Making People Sexist?

By Jesse Marczyk on April 09, 2015 in Pop Psych
What approximately 800 Germans can tell us about the long-term effects of video games on sexist attitudes

Emotions and the Gender Similarities Hypothesis

By Gregg Henriques on April 08, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Although I started this blog writing about gender differences, it ended emphasizing similarities.

Are Men or Women More in Demand?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 08, 2015 in The Human Beast
Men generally want to have sex earlier in a relationship than women. This is consistent with the pattern for other species where males are more eager to mate whereas females invest more in young and are more discriminating. How does this pattern play out in modern environments?

When it Comes to Color, Men & Women Aren't Seeing Eye to Eye

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on April 08, 2015 in Brain Babble
How does the brain's wiring affect men and women's perception of color?

Don’t Worry About What to Say

There is almost always a hidden agenda in the use of communication techniques.

Should We Be Upset By Trevor Noah’s Controversial Tweets?

Trevor Noah is in hot water over a few not-so-hot tweets. The South African comic came under fire after Comedy Central announced he would replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. His offense: tweets that targeted Jews and women. What are your reactions to his posts? (Spoiler alert: fat chicks and Jewish women— be prepared to bristle. Proceed with caution...)

Getting Enlightened About Prostitution

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the movie “Pretty Woman” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It was a movie I loved at the time because I really knew so little about prostitution—"the life" that Roberts' character was a part of. Then, I had no opinion about prostitution.

7 Types of Toxic Bosses

What type of toxic behaviors does your boss exhibit? Narcissism? Bullying? Gossiping? Here are 7 types with tips for making the best of a toxic situation.

How to Tell If You’re Pro-Diversity or Just Want More Power

Many marginalized voices don’t really want inclusion; they want dominance.

Promiscuous College Students Have MORE Friends

By Zhana Vrangalova Ph.D. on April 06, 2015 in Strictly Casual
Promiscuity is highly stigmatized in our culture and we often believe that promiscuous people are socially ostracized and lonely. But while slut-shaming can be a serious problem and promiscuous people suffer more interpersonal discrimination and victimization, a new study shows they actually have more friends and feel less lonely.