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

Problematic Low Sexual Desire in Men?

Many men don't want to admit if they experience low sexual desire. So what do we really know about men's experiences?

Why are Some Women Still Afraid to Speak Up?

Observing the behavior of women in groups suggests that women still choose a particular mask to wear depending on the audience.

Who's Harder to Buy Gifts for, Men or Women? It Depends!

Who’s harder to buy gifts for, men or women? It depends on who’s doing the giving!

Safe Spaces and Free Speech

Find out what students think about this polarized issue, and give us your own thoughts on the matter.

Impact of Traumatic Stress on Brain Development

New research points to neurobiological sex differences in youth with PTSD.

Five Findings About Masculinity and Anger and Aggression

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in All the Rage
Just a few of the ways that masculinity can be toxic.

Strategies for Supporting a Transgender Child

In advance of International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, this blog focuses on offering some strategies to parents with trans children.

Climate Change: How to Prevent Workplace Harassment

The workplace is our home away from home; let´s work together to keep it predator-free. Here are some methods of preventing sexual harassment from becoming sexual assault.

Sexual Harassment Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Sexual Harassment: Do you know it when you see it? Many people don´t--including the perpetrators.

What Is Healthy Masculinity?

Traditionally masculine characteristics are associated with men's mental health problems. Healthy masculinity may involve a dose of femininity.

Is Women's History Month a problem?

Does Women's History Month threaten men?

Male Body Image and Neckties: What's the Relationship?

What a man's necktie says about his personality may not be exactly what you'd expect. Research on the male body image sheds light on this part of a man's clothing selections.

Cultivating Smarter Prejudices

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Ambigamy
An exploration of what prejudice really is, why we need it, how prejudices go wrong, and how to argue for better prejudices.

Screens or People?

Is multi-tasking wearing you out? Does electronic contact make you feel both closer and more disconnected from others?

What We Can Learn From "A Day Without a Woman"

What professional challenges do women still experience, and how can social resistance bring about change?
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Should Little Boys Wear Lipstick?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Digital Pandemic
How similar are boys and girls? Should we cross-dress them?

Karate Kicking to a Song by Sia

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
This is a story about a woman you haven’t heard of who influenced a girl you probably don’t know but who did something with a singer you’ve certainly seen.

Why He Cares About Your Orgasm

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Many men care about giving women orgasms. The thing is, giving them an orgasm makes the man feel more manly, and serves purposes for the man, as well as the woman.

Your Child Just Told You He's Gay. Now What?

How you can respond, without offense but with unconditional love.

Memo to Our Sons and Grandsons: The Future Is Female

When I read of Hillary Clinton’s video proclamation to the women of MAKERS that “the future is female,” my mind immediately raced to my four grandsons, ages 3, 7, 10, and 11.

It’s the Mode For Men to Have More Sex Partners

A common fallacy mistakes the mean for the mode where numbers of sex partners distinguished by sex is concerned.

How Androgyny Works (Part 3)

People who have expanded their behavioral repertoire feel better about themselves. They have a bigger bag of tricks and more options available to them.
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How Could Men Report More Sex and More Partners Than Women?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Whenever a man has hetero sex, a woman does, too. Yet men consistently report more sex with more partners. How could this be?

Discrimination and Psychological Distress

By Shervin Assari MD MPH on February 28, 2017 in Unequal Vulnerability
When it comes to discrimination, men seem to be more vulnerable.

The Gender Revolution Is Here

The take-down of black-and-white thinking about what it means to be a human being and liberates us all.

White House Targets Transgender Students: Bad For Us All

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 24, 2017 in Quite Queerly
No matter what your politics are, it is in the best interest of our collective mental health to protect all of our students, not just some of them.

What Trump’s Actions Really Mean for Transgender Students

Five things to know and do in response to Trump's revocation of supportive resources for transgender youth.

On Always Seeing Things Through the Victim Lens

For a woman to assume that any interaction with a man that feels uncomfortable or demeaning is sexist could be an inaccurate appraisal.

Gender Wrap

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in One Among Many
The study of gender relations is difficult. The study of gender stereotypes is easier. Here are some results.

Controlling Your Partner Is Illegal, But Not in the U.S.

By Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Invisible Chains
Domestic violence victims in the U.S. have less protection than in some other countries. Laws in England now make controlling a partner illegal.