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

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.

Is There a "Superior” Sex?

Whether we are talking about academic, emotional, or social success, young males these days are struggling. Let’s acknowledge and address this problem.

Who Do You Choose to Be?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on August 13, 2017 in Wander Woman
Whether you are wondering why you exist or looking to define the legacy you want to leave behind, these three steps will help you define your direction.
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Why Some Grown Women Sound Like Girls

By Deborah Grayson Riegel MSW on August 13, 2017 in Speak Easy
Up-speak, breathiness and sing-songy voices are costing women their professional credibility. Here's why.

Diversity Includes Intellectual Diversity

James Damore, an engineer with Google, was fired for sending out a memo suggesting that our understanding of human nature should inform corporate policy. We have a long way to go.

The Psychology of the New McCarthyism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
On the rising threat to science and basic human rights in America.

A Guide for Gay Men on Both Open and Monogamous Marriage

A conversation with therapist and author Michael Dale Kimmel about open and monogamous marriage, for gay men and for us all.

An In-depth Analysis of the Crisis at Google

The crisis at Google in the wake of the Damore memo controversy is an unfortunate symptom of our hyperpolarized society. This post explains how to understand it and move forward.

Who's More Emotionally Intelligent, and Does Gender Matter?

Are women really poorly suited for careers in tech? One Google engineer’s claims got him fired. The facts based on personality research prove that Google made the right decision.

Sexual Disorientation of Male Sexual Abuse Survivors

Sexual abuse disorients you; it does not orient you. Consider straight men who have sex with men due to childhood sexual abuse.

Follow The Bread Crumbs to Your Purpose

By Megan Dalla-Camina on August 10, 2017 in Real Women
Are you struggling to work out what your purpose is, or even how to start discovering what it is? This will help, and it's not what you think.

Why Are Periods of Solitude So Important?

Just as music depends on the space between the notes and painting also is also about the use of space, so is human life itself.
Coalition Famille LGBT, used with permission

Building Classroom Community

Tips for educators getting ready for a new school year.

Does Diversity Per Se Pay?

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Pop Psych
It's been found that diversity itself predicts business success. As it turns out, that finding was the result of some mistakes.

On That Google Memo About Sex Differences

Are sex differences in personality real? A response to the Google memo.

Five Obstacles Men Overcome to Accept Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Wondering how men come to accept a mental health problem? Check out this post about a few common challenges.

Why Patriarchy Is Not About Men

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Acquired Spontaneity
I see this as the core source of violence: the physical, emotional, and spiritual brutalization of boys and men.

How Much Gender Inequality Is There in Internet Pornography?

How are men and women represented in online porn? New research suggests that there continue to be pervasive inequalities in the way women are depicted.

Back-to-school Homophobia

What are your LGBT children learning in sex ed?

Seven Ways to Fight the Body Image Blues

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Let’s reclaim some of that time we spend despairing about our bodies and get back to what really matters.

Surprise: Men Enjoy—and Want—Foreplay

By Michael Castleman M.A. on August 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Many women say men fixate on intercourse, but one study shows that both genders value foreplay equally. Meanwhile, men who engage in extended foreplay suffer fewer sex problems.

Death of a Genius

Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win the Fields Medal (the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in mathematics) died on July 14th, aged 40. Her career sheds light on creativity.

Is Wonder Women an Expression of Androgynous Power?

For a woman, using power can be tricky. She risks being perceived as pushy and aggressive—after all, power is openly expected to be excised by men.

Codifying Discrimination: Trump’s Anti-Transgender Policy

Why President Trump’s policy banning transgender Americans from military service promotes a culture of intolerance and is fundamentally flawed.

Women's Sexual Pleasure, Orgasm, and Touching

The sources of women's sexual satisfaction remains less understood in spite of recent advances and advocacy. New empirical research gives detailed insights into what women like.

Health Benefits Unlikely Even from the Longest Marriages

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Living Single
New research looking at men and women of different ages who have been married for different lengths of time finds scant evidence that people who marry get healthier.
Susan Sullivan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sexual Assault: Hot-Blooded Clashes

Problems with sexual assault reports include confusing assault with rape, focusing on the specific behavior experienced, and considering gender politics.

My Gay Uncle: When Diversity Was Deviance

It was only after my uncle died that I found a photograph of him and Fred dressed as Rhett and Scarlett; Fred was a coy Vivian Leigh and my uncle a smiling Clark Gable.

Hypotheses About Gender Imbalance in Expressing Opinions

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Cui Bono
Why are more opinion letters published in the NYT written by male authors? I explore both hypotheses about the answer to this question and how theories determine our hypotheses.