Essential Reads

Is Psychological Science Bad Science?

Psychology researchers failed to replicate over half of 100 published studies.

American Masculinity and Drugs

Changing relationship between men and their transitional object

Evolutionary Basis to Differences Between Cats and Dogs

An Almost-Serious Scholarly Debate on Evolved Behavioral Differences

Conservative Feminism

Liberals have no monopoly on advancing women's interests

Recent Posts on Gender

Why a New Partner Boosts Your Sex Life

The review reports a recent British survey which found women recorded an average of eight opposite sex sexual partners over their lifetime, while men reported 12. But the survey also found 22% of women and 14% of men reported having only one sexual partner in their lifetime.

Engendering Psychology and Psychotherapy

What happens in psychotherapy when gender is given proper attention? So-called aberrant disorders are replaced with STDs-socially transmitted disorders.

'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful' - When Beauty Is Bad

...attractive women are discriminated against in job interviews, because they are pretty. This is part of a wider phenomenon by which women appear to attract stereotyping about their personality and job skills, according to their looks.

Is Psychological Science Bad Science?

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on August 28, 2015 in Good Thinking
In the largest replication effort to date, researchers could not replicate over half of the psychology studies targeted. Here is why that doesn't spell doom for psychological science.

Women's Sexual Fantasies - the Latest Scientific Research

It's important to note that while headline writers may focus on the fact women have sexual fantasies about coercive sex, this research finds it's an occasional daydream, not a preoccupation. It would be similarly unfair to tar men with the brush of an occasional fantasy they may have.

Do Men and Women Experience Chronic Pain Differently?

Experts in the psychology field have long been working to better understand the differences between men and women. John Gray’s bestselling book, Men are from Mars Women are from Venus, remains popular more than 20 years after publication because new generations are still trying to answer questions about the different sexes.

Stereotypical Gender Differences in Sexuality Are Crumbling

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Human Beast
Marked differences between male and female sexuality used to be supported by solid evidence around the globe. The trouble is that such distinctions are getting blurred in developed countries.

Abuse That’s Hard to Recognize: Coercive Control

By Lisa Fontes Ph.D. on August 26, 2015 in Invisible Chains
Recognize abusive control in relationships

Ten Things You Need For Career Success

By Megan Dalla-Camina on August 26, 2015 in Real Women
The ten strategies you need to create a thriving career.

American Masculinity and Drugs

Reading, coffee, waiting, camera: how American men and their relationship with mind-altering substances allegedly changed throughout the last 100 years.

Where Do We Draw the Line with Office Romance?

Many organizations ask themselves where the line is between “none of our business” and “hurts our business.”

How to be a Groomsgal

Marriage equality is not just for "the gays." Wedding ceremonies and customs are evolving for all couples.

Bright Girls Are Always the Meekest in Class

Research has found the higher a girl's IQ the more likely she was to give up when a question was complex or a task was challenging. Bright girls were more easily intimidated. Bright boys ,were more likely to see not knowing an answer as invigorating. They were not intimidated and more confident than girls even though girls performed better on tests.

Princess Culture: What Is It All About?

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Evolving Minds
Despite all efforts to empower little girls with more gender neutral or less commercial preoccupations, many little girls insist on buying and wearing clothing and accessories that are very pink, princess oriented and very much a part of consumer culture. What is this all about?

Evolutionary Basis to Differences Between Cats and Dogs

Is the denial of evolved behavioral sex differences in humans similar to the idea of denying that cats and dogs differ from each other by nature? (warning: satire alert!)

The History and Psychology of Warrior Women

Warrior Women, Archetype, History, Psychology

"Pink Viagra"—No It Isn't

By Marty Klein PhD on August 21, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
FDA approves Flibanserin—and the search for sexual desire continues.

Can You Escape Bias?

Is is possible to be completely bias free? Even with the best of intentions, the forces of social conditioning can interfere with our perceptions and constructions of one another. Have you ever misjudged someone, or been on the receiving end of wrong assumptions? How can we overcome these limiting tendencies in favor of embracing and appreciating our many dimensions?

Conservative Feminism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
If you want to be accepted by mainstream, contemporary feminism, you must identify as pro-choice, reject the reality of innate or biologically based gender differences or the concept of human nature, condemn traditional relationships and family dynamics, and subscribe to specific avenues for achieving gender equality and justice.

The Movie "Trainwreck" Isn't Just A Rom-Com

In Trainwreck Amy Schumer points out the holes in the idea (that many Millennials have) that the work of feminism has been done, that drinking or having sex or working “like a man” makes women equal, that the casual, commitment-free sex they’re having is really their choice.

Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery - The Next Big Thing?

Women who choose to have this surgery don't appear as hapless victims of consumer culture, to the surgeons, but as thoughtful, assertive, autonomous women making positive choices to improve their lives. However... offering procedures alleged to improve self-esteem can prey on the insecurities of vulnerable women who suffer genital anxiety...

Believing Is Seeing

You probably think that you can see with your own two eyes what is right in front of you. Wrong! Your brain has learned to invent most of it and to fill in the blind and blank spots

10 Silly Beliefs that Sabotage Your Happiness

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on August 15, 2015 in Wander Woman
Many failures result from the behaviors we do or we avoid because of our beliefs. Here are some examples of common beliefs that can sabotage your happiness and success. Look for your belief, then read the alternative point of view you might want to consider instead.

Target Is Right on Target About the Use of Gender Labels

Target's decision to remove gender labels from toy aisles is important. Research has shown that labeling some toys as for boys and some toys as for girls is actually more important for children's choices than the toy itself. Labels point out to children that there are rules about who can play with what, and this limits the skills and abilities that children develop.

What Men Owe Their Mothers

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 in Listen Up!
Beyond the sentimental stereotypes, there is a deep relationship between men and their mothers. And it can be hard for a man to acknowledge that debt without again feeling like a little boy clustered around a woman's skirt.

"Eggsploitation: Maggie's Story" and Risks of Egg Retrieval

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on August 14, 2015 in Genetic Crossroads
"Eggsploitation: Maggie's Story" reveals how the fertility industry takes advantage of individuals' altruistic motives in search of profit while the medical risks remain unknown.

Why do we owe sex and romance to viruses?

By Eyal Winter on August 14, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Why we owe sex and romance to viruses?

Divorce, “Crying Off,” and the Perils of Eugenic Perfection

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on August 13, 2015 in Genetic Crossroads
Eugenic divorces, break-ups, and courtroom drama in the 1910s vividly illustrate the downsides of “perfection.”

Does Faking It Make Us Happy?

By Donna Flagg on August 12, 2015 in Honestly
We live in a world of smoke-n-mirrors, deeply challenged to face reality, honesty and truth.

Contesting Leftist "Scientific" Narratives: Women's Voices

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
Women actually in science contest (in a nuanced manner) cherished social psychological narratives about the oppression and exclusion of women in science.