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

Some Thoughts on Changing for the Better:

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in He Speaks, She Speaks
The androgynous communication style grasps the differences and uses them to improve the interactions between men and women.
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Open or Closed Sexual Relationships?

What do we know about consensual non-monogamous relationships? This study is a first step.

Beyond the Gender Binary

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Talking Apes
As academics struggle to reform the English language, they fail to see there’s no problem to be fixed.

Sex, Power, and Risk

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
When it comes to power in sexual relationships, who really controls what goes on in the bedroom?

Why does Violence Persist?

Are gender and race real or invented?
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Biology Determines Every Thought, Feeling, and Behavior

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Cui Bono
Psychologists say behavior results from the interaction of biology and environment, yet argue about their relative importance. Read why the importance of biology is always 100%.

Talking About Sexism: Responding to Trump

Trump’s words and behavior compel a deeper and more challenging conversation about sexual violence. We must combat the triple threat of denial, dismissal and victim blaming.

Why Barbie Dolls Matter in the 2016 Presidential Election

For over fifty years the girls and young women of America have been told that we can be anything. But all we’ve really seen is our dolls becoming those things--until now.

When Politics and Rape Culture Collide

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 16, 2016 in The First Impression
In what ways does the most recent scandal as the presidential election nears represent a collision between rape culture and politics?

An Election Gender Bender

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on October 16, 2016 in Social Lights
How the election may be different if Clinton were a man and Trump were a woman.
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What Exactly Is LGBTQ?

What Exactly Is LGBTQ? Does this "umbrella" cover the range of diversity? Eugenio A. Duarte, Ph.D.

How Empathetic Are Americans? Gender and Generation Matter

By Christopher Bergland on October 15, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
America was ranked no. 7 in a first-of-its-kind global survey on empathy. But, not all Americans are equally empathic. Why are some Americans more empathetic to others' suffering?

Why do women feel ashamed after sexual assault?

By Sheila Kohler on October 14, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Like so many women, I have experienced sexual assault, and unlike many have written about it, sometimes even naming the responsible party, but so many years later.

This Election Is Not Just About You

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on October 14, 2016 in Quite Queerly
America is about freedom and opportunity for all, not just a few.

Don't Touch Our White Women!

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in The Enquiry
Why did the Access Hollywood tape uniquely lead White male conservatives to defect from Trump? To preserve a benevolently sexist self-image as women's protectors and providers.

The Neuroscience of Finger Length Ratio and Athletic Prowess

By Christopher Bergland on October 14, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have found a correlation between finger length ratios and brain function. A new study reports that having a shorter index finger may indicate athletic potential.

On Confession

What is behind the American obsession with public confession?

What Is Wrong With Social Psychological Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
The dysfunctions in psychological science go way beyond replication

Are You Showing Up With Presence?

By Megan Dalla-Camina on October 12, 2016 in Real Women
Stop fighting yourself and start being yourself at work. How presence can lead to a fulfilling career.

Trump's Sexism Is Deeply Biblical

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in The Secular Life
The oppression and objectification of women is Biblically-based

As Fathers of Daughters, Male Politicians Disavow Trump

Many male Republicans predicate their opposition to Trump's remarks about assaulting women on their role of fathers to daughters. Should it take a daughter to condemn assault?

Why Men Grope Women

Compared to a woman paralyzed or befuddled by being groped, the man may feel like master of the universe.

How Is Incivility Related to Scientific Integrity?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on October 11, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Psychological science is in distress. Studies fail to replicate at what some consider an alarming rate. Its statistics and methods are a mess. And its scientists behave badly.

Does Calling It a Joke Make Sexism More Acceptable?

The door to locker room banter was opened up in last week’s revelations in the now infamous Access Hollywood video. New research shows just how humor can be used to cover sexism.

What's Wrong With Locker Room Talk?

In the wake of Donald Trump's lewd comments, there's a debate about whether "locker room talk" is really all that bad.

New Drugs Aren't Always Good For Patients

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 09, 2016 in Saving Normal
The main motivation in creating new drugs is to generate profits. New expensive drugs are often worse than old cheap ones.

Why Would Trump—Or Anyone—Talk That Way About Women?

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in The Web of Violence
Understanding why any man would say vulgar things about women.

How Could Voters Give Trump a Pass on Misogyny? Here’s How

By Ryan P. Brown Ph.D. on October 08, 2016 in Honor Bound
Will Donald Trump's supporters abandon him in the wake of his openly sexist comments, caught on video? Recent research reveals why they might not.

Buying Lipstick in Tough Times: It’s Not About Landing a Man

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Living Single
When economic times are tough, women buy more products that enhance their appearance. New research shows they are trying to be more professional, not more seductive.

The Transgender Bathroom Controversy

The debate over transgender rights is becoming as contentious as the debate over marriage equality. But why is it that this issue, like same-sex marriage, has created such a furor?