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

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

How I failed at psychotherapy and why.

Why the World Needs New Leaders

By Megan Dalla-Camina on August 22, 2016 in Real Women
Are you ready for a new shift in leadership? Here's the latest research on what people really want from their leaders today.

The Fear Behind Women in Power

By Kimberly Key on August 19, 2016 in Counseling Keys
With a woman running for president, what kind of differences do women bring to leadership? How far have women come and where are women's rights headed?

Blame It on Rio Part 1

The US swimming debacle in Rio, spearheaded by all-star Ryan Lochte, is a timeless story of Young Male Syndrome.

Why Your Grandmother Is Still Working

Older workers are breaking all the rules. As of 2014, 60 percent of workers 65 and older had full-time jobs.

Indoctrinating Children

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
Cartoon movies start anti-male propaganda with the very young.

How to Move a Relationship out of the Friend Zone

Everyone engages in a little fantasizing in which the platonic turns to the romantic. New research shows that these fantasies can become reality under the right conditions.

How Social Constructionism Created the Sex Addiction Model

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An ideological belief in the malleability of sexuality has given rise to the sex addiction movement.

5 Keys to Getting Through Difficult Conversations

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on August 11, 2016 in Wander Woman
Shifts in emotions tell you if someone accepts or rejects your ideas. Here are five cues to look for that will help a difficult conversation have a positive outcome.

Gifted Programs’ Embarrassing Secret

All gifted children should receive the specialized services they need to reach their fullest potential. Then why are some gifted students excluded?

Gender Identity Is in the Brain. What Does This Tell Us?

Has the surge in our knowledge of the brain told us anything useful about the basis for gender identity? If it did, how would we use it?

Boys Will Be Boys

Masculinity is based on the suppression of vulnerability and dependency. It is not only socialization that's the culprit but the problem boys have separating from female mothers

The Battle of the Archetypes

By Moses Ma on August 07, 2016 in The Tao of Innovation
Using a modern slant on Jungian analysis, the masculine and feminine archetypes are at war – understanding group dynamics and collective psychology is how politicians win.

Misandry: The Invisible Hatred of Men

We rarely think about the hatred of men and the microaggressions against them.
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Are You a Schlepper or a Schlepee?

Two psychologists on opposite sides of the planet discuss the nature of relationships.

Study: The Male Warrior Hypothesis May Be Real

By Christopher Bergland on August 05, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Why are male athletes more likely to be touchy-feely after a sports competition than their female counterparts? A new study from Harvard University offers some interesting clues.

A Manifesta for Girls Entering Kindergarten

By Karlyn Crowley Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Woman Power
In one month, my daughter heads to kindergarten. I want a freer, happier future for my girl, so these are the seven things I would tell her.

Trump vs. Clinton and Media Coverage: Do Men Come First?

In politics, research reveals a gender bias, perhaps unintentional, in covering men more than women. But not always. And more coverage does not always translate into more votes.

Transgender Homeless Youth Victimized by Shelter System

Housing discrimination remains a concern for homeless transgender youth.

Why Is Our Thinking So Black and White?

How does culture shape and limit each individual's ideas and beliefs?

Kinky Women: How Do They Play?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on August 01, 2016 in All About Sex
Women and Kinky Sex: Women into BDSM enjoy a broad range of both vanilla and fringe sexual activities

Marriage Mentality, Our Time and John Updike’s 60 Years Ago

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 31, 2016 in Living Single
The protagonist of John Updike’s Rabbit series, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, wants to run from marriage, but finds nowhere to run to.

Still Not With Her?

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on July 31, 2016 in Social Studies
People who consider themselves feminists are still not getting behind Hillary Clinton. That might be because they're sexist. We all are.

Forecasting November

Does new research into how we think of others suggest a Trump bump or Clinton defeat?

Parenting a Gay Child

Can't accept your child's sexual orientation? Tips from those who've been there!

Is Your Bias Limiting You?

By Megan Dalla-Camina on July 28, 2016 in Real Women
Are your behaviors and success being limited by your biases? Here are some simple reminders to keep your biases in check.

Gender Differences

We are all unique and don’t always fit neatly into the gender box.

When Are Puppies at Their Cutest?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Animals and Us
Most dogs on Earth die before they are three months old. New research shows how being cute can save a puppy from an early death.

What Explains Demographic Gaps? Simpson's Paradox

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial, gender, and other gaps do not always reflect discrimination

Real Men Don’t Type

In the computer age, the available jobs look to real men like training to be a girl.