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

Talking About Sexuality with Transgender and Nonbinary Teens

Wondering how to be inclusive in your practice when talking about the intersections of gender, sexual orientation and sexual behavior? Here are some important steps to consider.

Watching Porn in Public: Is It Ever Okay?

Seriously, kid? Do you watch porn in class and then watch the professor’s lectures at home by yourself?

Is It Possible to Be a Father and a Man at the Same Time?

A recent study examines fathers' anxieties about masculinity and parenting.

What Turns a Man On? For Some, It's Feeling Desired

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on September 18, 2017 in SexualityToday
A man whose deepest need is to feel desired may be analogous to one who gets excited by wearing women’s clothing. Best to just chalk it up to sexual diversity and accept it.
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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Digital Pandemic
Do our observations of gender differences hold up to scientific inquiry?

Gender Differences Among Adults in Business School

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Over the last several decades there has been concern about gender differences in performance in school in a variety of topics. What about school performance of adults?

Are Women More Codependent Than Men?

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on September 09, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Traditional gender roles can set some people up for unhealthy helping and giving.

Why Can Training the 'Mirror Muscles' Cause Pain?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Fit Femininity
Are you exercising but also feeling chronic pain? A functional exercise program can help.

When 'Speak Out' Culture Becomes 'Callout' Culture

College callout culture has breached the campus gate, and Google is the first high-profile company to join the post-rational world. What allowed it to happen; can it happen again?

Isn’t It Time? Having the Nerve to Acknowledge Our Strengths

By Rick Miller LICSW on September 07, 2017 in Unwrapped
To let yourself flourish in the full light, inside and out, is a gift to oneself and to the world!

Faux Feminism

Is feminism a liberation movement, a lifestyle or a brand?

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed: Harmful? Unethical?

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Stress and Sex
A major professional society calls abstinence-only sex ed harmful and unethical. The UN backs comprehensive sex ed, and the WHO defines sexual health as including pleasure.

Imagine If The Results Went The Other Way

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in Pop Psych
If your reasoning is immune to evidence, you aren't doing science.

Revisiting the Google Manifesto

Were there gender difference in the past? It is extremely likely. Do we know if they were like gender differences we see today? No.

Five Things Transgender Kids Want Adults to Know

By Jack Turban MD MHS on September 03, 2017 in Political Minds
Adults on both sides on the aisle have argued passionately about how trans youth should be treated. Lost among these voices are those of the children themselves.
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How Failure Impacts Men

By Mathis Kennington Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Meaningful Change
Research shows us why men are too busy trying to solve problems to listen to their partners.

Why Surviving Adolescence Isn't Enough

I thought working with adolescent girls would be easy. I was wrong.

Men in Relationships: 3 Keys to Emotional Vulnerability

Are masculinity and emotional vulnerability compatible? Better yet, does this integration have utility for men in romantic relationships? Recent research suggests yes and yes.
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The Debate Over an Egg Donor Registry

By Diane M. Tober Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in The Age of Biotech
Is the quest for an egg donor registry emotional? Or a matter of scientific/medical ethics?

Does Women's Biology Hurt Them in Tech?

The Google memo on women went viral, but it is mainly scientific nonsense.

More and Less

As mothers enter the last decades of their lives, their roles with middle-aged daughters often shift and change in complicated ways.

Say It Isn’t So: Women and Stereotyping

We tend to minimize the roles that gender differences, socialization, and discrimination play in maintaining the status quo in the workplace.

Not Every Number Means Something

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Why do we hear so much about "gender disparities" when there are so many possible reasons for them?
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Are You Self-Sacrificing?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in I'm Only Human
Self-sacrifice doesn’t always involve sacrificing your own individual self. We also self-sacrifice when we give up what matters the most to us—which might not be our own self.

Is it Time to Bring Back Mysticism?

By Ariel Gore on August 22, 2017 in Women and Happiness
"I wouldn't draw any direct or concrete connection between mental illness and mystical experience, but I did see lots of patterns in the lives of the prophetesses I wrote about."

The Young American Male: A Shameful Chronology of Neglect

Legitimate concerns about how young males are doing continue to be simply not PC.

Mind the Gap

When those who fall outside of the dominant culture are judged because they fall outside of the dominant culture, are they given an equal opportunity?

Male Risk of Autism: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Stigmatizing autism research as "sexist" for finding a gender difference in risk is not going to help us discover the truth about it.

Few Women in Tech

Multiple causes underlie the lack of women in tech jobs. Complex thinking is required to understand the issue rather than simply arguing for either nature or nurture.

No, Team, No!

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Introvert Power
He's young, healthy, and not into sports? How to stop seeing this as a problem.