Understanding Gender

In the old days, it seemed simple: Men hunted and women bore and raised 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

The Real Problem With “Toxic Masculinity”

In today's culture, there is great deal of anxiety around gender roles and their relationship to biology. Toxic masculinity may be a problem, but not in the way you think.

Men, Women, and Sex Problems Throughout the Lifespan

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 15, 2018 in All About Sex
Throughout the lifespan, men and women tend to develop their most daunting sex problems at different time, often making couples feel out of synch.

Improve Your Relationship In Twenty Minutes!

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 14, 2018 in Quite Queerly
The greatest challenge for each half of a couple, is to walk in the emotional shoes of our partner. Here's a short and sweet tool to help you do just that.
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Why Are So Many Smart Women Still Single?

By Jenna Birch on February 14, 2018 in Navigating the Love Gap
A new dating book examines the role of ingrained gender roles and old dynamics in today's romantic landscape.

Trump and Gender Domination

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in The Me in We
Trump spotlights gender domination as a psychological and social problem.

Gender Differences in Desire

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in In It Together
How do long-term couples maintain desire? They understand the importance of secure emotional attachment.

Jordan Peterson’s Flimsy Philosophy of Life

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Hot Thought
Some people are taking Jordan Peterson to be profound about the nature of morality, reality, and life. How well do his views stand up to philosophical scrutiny?

Why Are Older Hollywood Actors Paired With Such Young Women?

Ever since Casablanca and Gone With the Wind, Hollywood has paired older men with much younger women. Is Hollywood culture to blame, or human nature?

Jordan Peterson Knows What You’re Thinking

By Guest Blogger on February 13, 2018 in The Guest Room
The rockstar of contemporary psychology strips the mythology off many divisive beliefs.
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Why Even Terrible Social Norms Are Hard to Change

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in I'm Only Human
The norms around sexual harassment and assault need to change. What’s in the way?

Why People Use Tinder

What kind of Tinder user are you? Learn about the types and take the quiz to find out.
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A Positive and Refined Masculinity

By The Research Lab on February 12, 2018 in The Fundamentals
Loosening up the playbook of masculinity. By Aaron B. Rochlen, Ph.D.
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Authoritarian Wounding as a Feminist Issue

Authoritarians, both male and female, are anti-female. Is it just that girls and women are easy prey? Or is more going on here?

Mental Illness and Shame

Why are America's streets filled with the homeless, instead of its attics?

I Am Woman, Hear Me Crunch

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Beauty Sick
We don’t need quieter junk food. We need a complete revision of our relationships with food and our bodies.

Never Mind Lean In: Here's Precisionism

More than ever in the era of #MeToo, why women shouldn't play by men's rules.

Trans Teens Face Discrimination at School—and the DMV

This week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in Alabama for driver’s licenses to reflect individuals' gender identity. Fighting this battle is only one of many for transgender youth.

Four Pitfalls of the Ally

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Cultural Competence
Is the activist bug biting you? Learn some lessons from psychology research on engaging in effective social change.

You and Your [Expletive] Invited

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Sax on Sex
You and your what?! Sexual harassment can get you a Grammy, or six.

How Educational Bias Disadvantages Our Black Daughters

A glimpse at the way bias undermines the educational achievement of black girls.
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Toys Are Us? Gender Behavior, Subject to Manipulation?

Research lends supports to the view that one is born with a gender orientation (likely along a continuum), implying that attempts to change it are doomed and will likely cause harm

We Live In a Culture of Violence

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in Family Secrets
Violence: not just a mental health issue, but a social and political problem too.

The Psychology of Drag

By Jennifer O’Brien Ph.D. on January 30, 2018 in All Things LGBTQ
As drag queens become more visible in popular culture and in the media, science has also started to take a closer look at the art of pushing gender boundaries.

Polyamory, Consensual Non-Monogamy, or AltSex?

What is the right word for people in multiple relationships at the same time who all know about each other? This blog explores the various labels and suggests one to use.

Why Sexual Harassment is a Human Characteristic

Sexual harassment is an invention of the human brain. The inventiveness of the human brain makes harassment one inevitable feature of human behavior, but it also offers a remedy.

Can a Manly Man Fix What Needs Fixing, and Laugh, Too?

Would anyone watch if the ad said, “Upper-Middle-Class White Guys Damage Cars to Prove a Point”?

How to Recognize 5 Tactics of Gaslighting

"Gaslighting" is a form of manipulation that goes beyond invalidation to make you question your sanity.

How Sexually Fluid Are Men and Women, Really?

New research adds to the surprising insights into both genders' "heteroflexibility."

How to Discuss Your Differences With Others

By Alana Conner, Ph.D. on January 24, 2018 in Cultural Moment
Backsliding on your resolution to connect with people not like you? The CLARIFY technique can help.

Why Women are Likely to Get Excluded in Online Gaming

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on January 24, 2018 in The Real Superheroes
"Being socially excluded was often equivalent to death" -Geoff MacDonald and Mark R. Leary (2005)