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New Study Finds the Average American Woman is Now Plus-Size

Although it is widely acknowledged that the standard sizing system is flawed, being designated as plus-size is nevertheless something of a damning fate for many women.

Women’s Right to Say YES to Sexuality

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Women’s sexual right to say “yes” should be respected, including their right to freely shape their sexual performances, without incurring any social or emotional censure.

Will We Ever Notice Boys' Struggles?

I was a strong supporter of feminism until I discovered — nearly 25 years ago — that boys, much more than girls, were struggling in school and other very important ways.

Bare Faced, Glowing and Dewy

Freckled and fresh-faced, these are the girls we want to be: evolved beyond the tyranny of traditional makeup, but effortlessly beautiful. It is a paradoxical beauty ideal.

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The Mirage of Sexism

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in College Confidential
Sexism is real. But what about when it's not? Find out why calling something "sexist" when it's not can be counterproductive and self-defeating.

Wedding Vows for Modern Times

Today's marital vows seem to be much more about personal fulfillment than about making a life and a home together.

White Sensitivity Is Like Black Sensitivity

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 26, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Being put in your body unexpectedly is status-lowering, whatever color your skin is.

Helping Clinton Become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2016 in Just Listen
Deborah Shames, author of "Out Front: How Women can Become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless Speakers" is a specialist in helping people put their best and most real foot forward.

Research Tip: Ask About What You Want to Measure

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Pop Psych
Asking questions targeted at what you're actually interested in knowing about is a strategy more psychology research should adopt.

Sibling Conflict and Gender

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Life After 50
Are your siblings sharing the burden of caring for Mom?

Mindfulness for All

By Susan M. Pollak MTS, Ed.D., on September 21, 2016 in The Art of Now
Can mindfulness and compassion reduce racial bias?

Crying on the Job: When Anger turns to Tears

Crying on the job is a catch-22; you’re weak if you "tear up" or "break down," but something worse if you "amp up" and "call out" the person who ticked you off.

Gender Equality Baffles Evolutionary Psychologists

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in The Human Beast
The fact that men and women were reliably different around the globe was a foundation of evolutionary psychology. This idea is challenged by rising gender equality.

Feminine Is the New Balance

By Megan Dalla-Camina on September 14, 2016 in Real Women
There's a new kind of balance in town that, if we get right, can address the root causes of why our lives (and the world) are so out of whack.

Why I Still Don’t Like Diversity Events

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 13, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Humility itself becomes a perfectionistic ideal, and it’s alarming how arrogant people can become about how self-effacing they are.

Why Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” Is Not Romney’s “47%”

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 12, 2016 in Intersections
Was Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment vicious and vile, or a truthful gaffe?

Say No to Discrimination Against Expectant and New Moms

Discrimination against expectant and new moms is on the rise. Time to stop it once and for all - and here are some ideas how.

Failing at Psychotherapy a Second Time

How do we figure out which therapies work with whom and why?

Feminism Is Good for Your Heart

By Karlyn Crowley Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Woman Power
Women are dying from broken hearts because systems are broken not because women themselves aren’t doing enough. We need feminism to help us diagnose the problem.

Stresses & Risks for Transgender Teens

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Connected
What social stresses might transgender youth face?

Dear Actor (or Artist), What You do is Invaluable

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on September 06, 2016 in Quite Queerly
Actors, and all artists, develop their own voices so as to inspire the voices of other people. And in that sense, one can practice their artistic craft in everything they do.

The Ugly Truth About Online Dating

By Ryan Anderson on September 06, 2016 in The Mating Game
Have you ventured into the world of online dating? Or are you thinking about it? Before you do, there are a few things you need to know.

Lines for Ladies' Rooms Should Be a Major Feminist Concern

I have often wondered why feminism, which has dealt with so many important issues, seems to have largely ignored one that can, at least at times, be the most urgent.

Black Wave: Alcoholism, Creativity, and Today’s Truth

By Ariel Gore on September 05, 2016 in Women and Happiness
"The similarities between being a writer and an alcoholic far outweigh the differences. They both seem to spring from what may be a glitch in my neurochemistry." —Michelle Tea

How Should Market Researchers Ask About Gender In Surveys?

New gender identity research shows we need to rethink the answer for designing accurate and inclusive surveys.

Black Women Olympians Dominate the Games & Get No Love

We pose five possibilities as to why Black women athletes received less media coverage during the Olympics.
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Why Won't Men Apologize?

Why men don't apologize and some simple steps for them to learn how to do so.

White Sexual Imperialism

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on September 02, 2016 in Minority Report
The sexual conquest of an Asian woman is the confluence of racism, sexism, and imperialism. Learn how current misogynistic attitudes towards Asian woman coincided with imperialism

Does Competitive Attitude Help Persevere With Exercise??

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Fit Femininity
Not motivated to exercise? What are the lessons from mentally tough exercisers?

Are You One of Us?

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
The cognitive process of naming things comes with surprising—sometimes painful—liabilities.

Guilt: In This Case, You're Not Responsible!

Are straight parents able to change the sexual orientation of their LGBT kids? Should they feel guilty if they can't?

Why Are There Mommy Wars but No Daddy Wars?

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on August 29, 2016 in Push Back
Is this really about what's best for children? Is this really about "the science"? Or is this yet another, albeit thoroughly modern, way to control women?

What's Your Gender Mindset?

By Megan Dalla-Camina on August 29, 2016 in Real Women
Are you aware of your gender mindset and the impact it could be having on your career?

Haven’t Things Changed in Gender Relationships?

Often people assume that with close to four decades of women having entered the workforce, we’ve arrived. Haven’t we given enough attention to this gender problem at work?